Isaiah 21:4
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New International Version
My heart falters, fear makes me tremble; the twilight I longed for has become a horror to me.

New Living Translation
My mind reels and my heart races. I longed for evening to come, but now I am terrified of the dark.

English Standard Version
My heart staggers; horror has appalled me; the twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling.

New American Standard Bible
My mind reels, horror overwhelms me; The twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling.

King James Bible
My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My heart staggers; horror terrifies me. He has turned my last glimmer of hope into sheer terror.

International Standard Version
And as for my heart, horror has terrified me; the twilight I longed for has started to make me tremble.

NET Bible
My heart palpitates, I shake in fear; the twilight I desired has brought me terror.

New Heart English Bible
My heart flutters. Horror has frightened me. The twilight that I desired has been turned into trembling for me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm confused. I'm shaking with terror. The twilight hours I longed for make me tremble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My heart is bewildered, terror hath overwhelmed me; The twilight that I longed for hath been turned for me into trembling.

New American Standard 1977
My mind reels, horror overwhelms me;
            The twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My heart panted; the horror frightened me; the night of my pleasure he has turned into fear unto me.

King James 2000 Bible
My heart panted, fearfulness appalled me: the night of my pleasure has he turned into fear unto me.

American King James Version
My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure has he turned into fear to me.

American Standard Version
My heart fluttereth, horror hath affrighted me; the twilight that I desired hath been turned into trembling unto me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My heart failed, darkness amazed me: Babylon my beloved is become a wonder to me.

Darby Bible Translation
My heart panteth, horror affrighteth me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into trembling unto me.

English Revised Version
My heart panteth, horror hath affrighted me: the twilight that I desired hath been turned into trembling unto me.

Webster's Bible Translation
My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear to me.

World English Bible
My heart flutters. Horror has frightened me. The twilight that I desired has been turned into trembling for me.

Young's Literal Translation
Wandered hath my heart, trembling hath terrified me, The twilight of my desire He hath made a fear to me,
Study Bible
Babylon is Fallen
3For this reason my loins are full of anguish; Pains have seized me like the pains of a woman in labor. I am so bewildered I cannot hear, so terrified I cannot see. 4My mind reels, horror overwhelms me; The twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling. 5They set the table, they spread out the cloth, they eat, they drink; "Rise up, captains, oil the shields,"…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:67
"In the morning you shall say, 'Would that it were evening!' And at evening you shall say, 'Would that it were morning!' because of the dread of your heart which you dread, and for the sight of your eyes which you will see.

Deuteronomy 32:11
"Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, That hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions.

Psalm 55:5
Fear and trembling come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me.

Daniel 5:30
That same night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain.
Treasury of Scripture

My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure has he turned into fear to me.

heart panted. or, mind wandered
the night

Isaiah 5:11-14 Woe to them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow …

1 Samuel 25:36-38 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, …

2 Samuel 13:28,29 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark you now when …

Esther 5:12 Haman said moreover, Yes, Esther the queen did let no man come in …

Esther 7:6-10 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then …

Job 21:11-13 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance…

Jeremiah 51:39,57 In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken, …

Daniel 5:1,5,30 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, …

Nahum 1:10 For while they be entwined together as thorns, and while they are …

Luke 21:34-36 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged …

turned. Heb. put

(4) The night of my pleasure . . .--The words point to the prophet's longing for the darkness of night, either as a time of rest from his labour, or, more probably, for contemplation and prayer (Psalm 119:148), and to the invasion of that rest by the vision of terror. The suggestion that the prophet speaks as identifying himself with the Babylonians, and refers to the capture of their city during a night of revelry (Daniel 5:1; Daniel 5:30; Herod., i. 121; Xenoph. Cyrop., vii. 23), is hardly tenable.

Verse 4. - My heart panted; rather, my heart trembleth, or fluttereth. The night of my pleasure; i.e. "the night, wherein, I am wont to enjoy peaceful and pleasant slumbers." My heart panted,.... Fluttered about, and could hardly keep its place: or, "my mind wandered" (r); like a person in distraction and confusion, that knew not what to think say or do:

fearfulness affrighted me; the terror of Cyrus's army seized him, of its irruption into the city, and of his being destroyed by it; the writing on the wall threw him into a panic, and the news of the Medes and Persians being entered the city increased it:

the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me; in which he promised himself so much pleasure, at a feast he had made for his princes, wives, and concubines; either in honour of his god, as some think (s), being an annual one; or, as Josephus ben Gorion (t) says, on account of the victory he had obtained over the Medes and Persians; and so was quite secure, and never in the least thought of destruction being at hand; but in the midst of all his revelling, mirth, and jollity, the city was surprised and taken, and he slain, Daniel 5:1. So mystical Babylon, in the midst of her prosperity, while she is saying that she sits a queen, and knows no sorrow, her judgment and plagues shall come upon her, Revelation 18:7.

(r) "erravit cor meum", Montanus; "errat animus meus", Junius & Tremellius; "errat cor meum", Piscator. (s) Vid. Herodot. l. 1. c. 191. Xenophon. l. 7. c. 23. (t) L. 1. c. 5. p. 24. Ed. Braithaupt. 4. panted—"is bewildered" [Barnes].

night of my pleasure—The prophet supposes himself one of the banqueters at Belshazzar's feast, on the night that Babylon was about to be taken by surprise; hence his expression, "my pleasure" (Isa 14:11; Jer 51:39; Da 5:1-31).21:1-10 Babylon was a flat country, abundantly watered. The destruction of Babylon, so often prophesied of by Isaiah, was typical of the destruction of the great foe of the New Testament church, foretold in the Revelation. To the poor oppressed captives it would be welcome news; to the proud oppressors it would be grievous. Let this check vain mirth and sensual pleasures, that we know not in what heaviness the mirth may end. Here is the alarm given to Babylon, when forced by Cyrus. An ass and a camel seem to be the symbols of the Medes and Persians. Babylon's idols shall be so far from protecting her, that they shall be broken down. True believers are the corn of God's floor; hypocrites are but as chaff and straw, with which the wheat is now mixed, but from which it shall be separated. The corn of God's floor must expect to be threshed by afflictions and persecutions. God's Israel of old was afflicted. Even then God owns it is his still. In all events concerning the church, past, present, and to come, we must look to God, who has power to do any thing for his church, and grace to do every thing that is for her good.
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