Isaiah 21:16
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New International Version
This is what the Lord says to me: "Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end.

New Living Translation
The Lord said to me, "Within a year, counting each day, all the glory of Kedar will come to an end.

English Standard Version
For thus the Lord said to me, “Within a year, according to the years of a hired worker, all the glory of Kedar will come to an end.

New American Standard Bible
For thus the Lord said to me, "In a year, as a hired man would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will terminate;

King James Bible
For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the Lord said this to me: "Within one year, as a hired worker counts years, all the glory of Kedar will be gone.

International Standard Version
For this is what the LORD is saying to me: "Within three years, according to the years of a contract worker, the pomp of Kedar will come to an end.

NET Bible
For this is what the sovereign master has told me: "Within exactly one year all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end.

New Heart English Bible
For the LORD said to me, "Within a year, as a worker bound by contract would count it, the glory of Kedar will fail,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what the Lord says to me: All of Kedar's honor will be gone in another year. I will count it like workers count the years left on their contracts.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For thus hath the Lord said unto me: 'Within a year, according to the years of a hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail;

New American Standard 1977
For thus the Lord said to me, “In a year, as a hired man would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will terminate;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thus has the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of a hireling, all the glory of Kedar shall be undone:

King James 2000 Bible
For thus has the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of a hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:

American King James Version
For thus has the LORD said to me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:

American Standard Version
For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of a hireling, all the glory of Kedar shall fail;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thus saith the Lord to me: Within a year, according to the years of a hireling, all the glory of Cedar shall be taken away.

Darby Bible Translation
For thus hath the Lord said unto me: Within a year, according to the years of a hired servant, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail;

English Revised Version
For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:

Webster's Bible Translation
For thus hath the Lord said to me, Within a year, according to the years of a hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:

World English Bible
For the Lord said to me, "Within a year, as a worker bound by contract would count it, all the glory of Kedar will fail,

Young's Literal Translation
For thus said the Lord unto me: 'Within a year, as years of a hireling, Consumed hath been all the honour of Kedar.
Study Bible
A Prophecy against Arabia
15For they have fled from the swords, From the drawn sword, and from the bent bow And from the press of battle. 16For thus the Lord said to me, "In a year, as a hired man would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will terminate; 17and the remainder of the number of bowmen, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, will be few; for the LORD God of Israel has spoken."…
Cross References
Psalm 120:5
Woe is me, for I sojourn in Meshech, For I dwell among the tents of Kedar!

Song of Solomon 1:5
"I am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon.

Isaiah 16:14
But now the LORD speaks, saying, "Within three years, as a hired man would count them, the glory of Moab will be degraded along with all his great population, and his remnant will be very small and impotent."

Isaiah 42:11
Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voices, The settlements where Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing aloud, Let them shout for joy from the tops of the mountains.

Isaiah 60:7
"All the flocks of Kedar will be gathered together to you, The rams of Nebaioth will minister to you; They will go up with acceptance on My altar, And I shall glorify My glorious house.

Jeremiah 2:10
"For cross to the coastlands of Kittim and see, And send to Kedar and observe closely And see if there has been such a thing as this!

Jeremiah 49:28
Concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated. Thus says the LORD, "Arise, go up to Kedar And devastate the men of the east.

Ezekiel 27:21
"Arabia and all the princes of Kedar, they were your customers for lambs, rams and goats; for these they were your customers.
Treasury of Scripture

For thus has the LORD said to me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:

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Isaiah 16:14 But now the LORD has spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years …

Job 7:1 Is there not an appointed time to man on earth? are not his days …

Kedar

Isaiah 42:11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the …

Isaiah 60:7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you, the rams …

Genesis 25:13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according …

1 Chronicles 1:29 These are their generations: The firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaioth; …

Psalm 120:5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!

Songs 1:5 I am black, but comely, O you daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents …

Jeremiah 49:28 Concerning Kedar, and concerning the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadrezzar …

Ezekiel 27:21 Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar, they occupied with you in lambs, …

(16) According to the years of an hireling . . . The prophet uses, as in Isaiah 16:14, the formula which expressed the most precise measurement, and so gives a test as to his forecast of the future.

And all the glory of Kedar shall fail.--Kedar is used, as in Psalm 120:5, Song of Solomon 1:5, generically for the nomadic tribes of Arabia, including Dedan.

Verse 16. - Within a year, according to the years of an hireling (see the comment on Isaiah 16:14). All the glory of Kedar shall fail. "Kedar" is a name of greater note than either Dedan or Tome. It seems to be used here as inclusive of Dedan, perhaps as a designation of the northern Arabians generally. The people of Kedar, like those of Dedan, carried on trade with Tyro (Ezekiel 27:21). They dwelt partly in tents (Psalm 120:5; Jeremiah 49:29), partly in villages (Isaiah 42:11), and were rich in flocks and herds and in camels. Though not mentioned in the inscriptions of Sargon, Sennacherib, or Esarhaddon, the contemporaries of Isaiah, they hold a prominent place in those of Esarhaddon's son and successor, Asshurbanipal, with whom they carried on a war of some considerable duration in conjunction with the Nabathaeans (G. Smith, 'History of Asshur-bani-pal,' pp. 261-290).



For thus hath the Lord said unto me,.... The prophet; which confirms what is before said, as well as assures the accomplishment of what follows:

within a year, according to the years of an hireling; that is, exactly and precisely, as soon as ever the year is come to an end; for the hireling, when his year is up, instantly demands dismissal from his service, or his wages, or both. The time is to be reckoned from the delivery of this prophecy; and so the calamity predicted was brought upon them by the Assyrians, perhaps under Sennacherib, when he invaded the cities of Judah, and might take Arabia in his way; less time is allowed than was the Moabites, who suffered by the same hand; see Isaiah 16:14,

and all the glory of Kedar shall fail; these were another sort of Arabians, as the Targum calls them: they descended from Kedar, a son of Ishmael, Genesis 25:13 their "glory" were their multitude, their riches and substance, and which chiefly lay in their flocks; for the sake of which they moved from place to place for pasture, and dwelled in tents, which they carried with them, and pitched where it was most convenient for them; hence they were called Scenites; see Psalm 120:5. 16. years of … hireling—(See on [719]Isa 16:14).

Kedar—a wandering tribe (Ps 120:5). North of Arabia-Petræa, and south of Arabia-Deserta; put for Arabia in general.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.
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