Isaiah 21:14
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New International Version
bring water for the thirsty; you who live in Tema, bring food for the fugitives.

New Living Translation
O people of Tema, bring water to these thirsty people, food to these weary refugees.

English Standard Version
To the thirsty bring water; meet the fugitive with bread, O inhabitants of the land of Tema.

New American Standard Bible
Bring water for the thirsty, O inhabitants of the land of Tema, Meet the fugitive with bread.

King James Bible
The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Bring water for the thirsty. The inhabitants of the land of Tema meet the refugees with food.

International Standard Version
Bring water for the thirsty, you who live in the land of Tema. Meet the fugitive with bread,

NET Bible
Bring out some water for the thirsty. You who live in the land of Tema, bring some food for the fugitives.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Bring water for the thirsty, you inhabitants of the land of Tema. Bring food to the fugitives.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Go ye out to meet them bringing water for the thirsty, O inhabitants of the land of Tema; succour those who are fleeing with your bread.

King James 2000 Bible
The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they met with their bread him that fled.

American King James Version
The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.

American Standard Version
Unto him that was thirsty they brought water; the inhabitants of the land of Tema did meet the fugitives with their bread.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Meeting the thirsty bring him water, you that inhabit the land of the south, meet with bread him that fleeth.

Darby Bible Translation
Bring ye water to meet the thirsty! The inhabitants of the land of Tema come forth with their bread for him that fleeth.

English Revised Version
Unto him that was thirsty they brought water; the inhabitants of the land of Tema did meet the fugitives with their bread.

Webster's Bible Translation
The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they met with their bread him that fled.

World English Bible
They brought water to him who was thirsty. The inhabitants of the land of Tema met the fugitives with their bread.

Young's Literal Translation
To meet the thirsty brought water have Inhabitants of the land of Tema, With his bread they came before a fugitive.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:13-17 The Arabians lived in tents, and kept cattle. A destroying army shall be brought upon them, and make them an easy prey. We know not what straits we may be brought into before we die. Those may know the want of necessary food who now eat bread to the full. Neither the skill of archers, nor the courage of mighty men, can protect from the judgments of God. That is poor glory, which will thus quickly come to nothing. Thus hath the Lord said to me; and no word of his shall fall to the ground. We may be sure the Strength of Israel will not lie. Happy are those only whose riches and glory are out of the reach of invaders; all other prosperity will speedily pass away.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water; rather, bring? water, O inhabitants. Tema is reasonably identified with the modern Taima, a village of the Hauran, on the caravan route between Palmyra and Peira. Its inhabitants are exhorted to bring water to the thirsty Dedanites, as they pass along this route with their "travelling companies." (For other mentions of Tome, which must not be confounded with Teman, see Job 6:19 and Jeremiah 25:23.) They prevented with their bread him that fled. Several commentators take this clause as imperative, like the last, and render, "With his bread meet the fugitive;" but the existing Hebrew text seems to require the rendering of the Authorized Version. Dr. Kay understands the prophet to mean that the men of Tema did not need exhortation; already of their own accord had they given of their bread to the fugitive Dedanites.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The inhabitants of the land of Tema,.... This country had its name from Tema, one of the sons of Ishmael, Genesis 25:15. The Targum calls it the land of the south, as if it was Teman. These people were Arabians, and are here said to assist their countrymen, the Dedanites, in distress:

brought water to him that was thirsty; as travellers are wont to be, especially in a desert land, and when fleeing from an enemy; in which circumstances the travelling companies of Dedanim now were:

they prevented with their bread him that fled; gave it to him, being hungry and necessitous, without asking for it. Now all this seems to show what calamities should come upon the inhabitants of some parts of Arabia; that they should lodge in a forest, be hungry and thirsty, and flee before their enemy, as follows.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. Tema—a kindred tribe: an oasis in that region (Jer 25:23). The Temeans give water to the faint and thirsting Dedanites; the greatest act of hospitality in the burning lands of the East, where water is so scarce.

prevented—that is, anticipated the wants of the fugitive Dedanites by supplying bread (Ge 14:18).

their bread—rather, "his (the fugitive's) bread"; the bread due to him, necessary for his support; so "thy grave" (Isa 14:19), [Maurer].

Isaiah 21:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Prophecy against Arabia
13The oracle about Arabia. In the thickets of Arabia you must spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites. 14Bring water for the thirsty, O inhabitants of the land of Tema, Meet the fugitive with bread. 15For they have fled from the swords, From the drawn sword, and from the bent bow And from the press of battle.…
Cross References
Genesis 25:15
Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah.

Job 6:19
The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.
Treasury of Scripture

The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.

Tema

Genesis 25:15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:

1 Chronicles 1:30 Mishma, and Dumah, Massa, Hadad, and Tema,

Job 6:19 The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

brought. or, bring ye

Isaiah 16:3,4 Take counsel, execute judgment; make your shadow as the night in …

Judges 8:4-8 And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred …

Proverbs 25:21 If your enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, …

Romans 12:20 Therefore if your enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him …

1 Peter 4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

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