Isaiah 24:10
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New International Version
The ruined city lies desolate; the entrance to every house is barred.

New Living Translation
The city writhes in chaos; every home is locked to keep out intruders.

English Standard Version
The wasted city is broken down; every house is shut up so that none can enter.

New American Standard Bible
The city of chaos is broken down; Every house is shut up so that none may enter.

King James Bible
The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The city of chaos is shattered; every house is closed to entry.

International Standard Version
The chaotic city lies broken down; every house is closed up so that no one can enter them.

NET Bible
The ruined town is shattered; all of the houses are shut up tight.

New Heart English Bible
The confused city is broken down. Every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The ruined city lies desolate. The entrance to every house is barred shut.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Broken down is the city of wasteness; Every house is shut up, that none may come in.

New American Standard 1977
The city of chaos is broken down;
            Every house is shut up so that none may enter.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up that no man may come in.

King James 2000 Bible
The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

American King James Version
The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

American Standard Version
The waste city is broken down; every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The city of vanity is broken down, every house is shut up, no man cometh in.

Darby Bible Translation
The city of solitude is broken down; every house is shut up, so that none entereth in.

English Revised Version
The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

Webster's Bible Translation
The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may enter.

World English Bible
The confused city is broken down. Every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

Young's Literal Translation
It was broken down -- a city of emptiness, Shut hath been every house from entrance.
Study Bible
God's Judgment on the Earth
9They do not drink wine with song; Strong drink is bitter to those who drink it. 10The city of chaos is broken down; Every house is shut up so that none may enter. 11There is an outcry in the streets concerning the wine; All joy turns to gloom. The gaiety of the earth is banished.…
Cross References
Isaiah 23:1
The oracle concerning Tyre. Wail, O ships of Tarshish, For Tyre is destroyed, without house or harbor; It is reported to them from the land of Cyprus.

Isaiah 32:14
Because the palace has been abandoned, the populated city forsaken. Hill and watch-tower have become caves forever, A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks;

Isaiah 32:19
And it will hail when the forest comes down, And the city will be utterly laid low.

Isaiah 34:11
But pelican and hedgehog will possess it, And owl and raven will dwell in it; And He will stretch over it the line of desolation And the plumb line of emptiness.
Treasury of Scripture

The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

city

Isaiah 24:12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.

Isaiah 25:2 For you have made of a city an heap; of a defended city a ruin: a …

Isaiah 27:10 Yet the defended city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, …

Isaiah 32:14 Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city …

Isaiah 34:13-15 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in …

2 Kings 25:4,9,10 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night …

Jeremiah 39:4,8 And it came to pass, that when Zedekiah the king of Judah saw them, …

Jeremiah 52:7,13,15 Then the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled…

Micah 2:13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have …

Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem …

Luke 19:43 For the days shall come on you, that your enemies shall cast a trench …

Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away …

of confusion

Genesis 11:9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there …

Jeremiah 9:25,26 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will punish all them …

Matthew 23:34,35 Why, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and …

Revelation 11:7,8 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that …

Revelation 17:5,6 And on her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, …

Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great …

(10) The city of confusion.--Better, the city of chaos, the tohu of Genesis 1:2, "without form and void." The world should be cast back out of its cosmos into its primeval chaos. The word is a favourite one with Isaiah (Isaiah 34:11; Isaiah 59:4, and nine other passages).

Every house is shut up--i.e., to complete the picture, not because its gates are barred, but because its own ruins block up the entrance.

Verse 10. - The city of confusion is broken down. No special city seems to be intended. "Est urbis nomen collective capiendum" (Rosenmüller). Chaos (tohu) reigns in the cities, where there is no civic life, no government, no order, nothing but confusion. Every house is shut up; bolted and barred against intruders. There is no confidence, no friendly intercourse, no visiting. The city of confusion is broken down,.... Or "of vanity", as the Vulgate Latin version; or of "emptiness" or "desolation"; the word is "tohu", used in Genesis 1:2 this is to be understood not of Bethel, where one of Jeroboam's calves was, called Bethaven, or "the house of vanity"; nor Samaria, the chief city of the ten tribes; nor Jerusalem; but mystical Babylon, whose name signifies "confusion"; even the city of Rome, in which there is nothing but disorder and irregularity, no truth, justice, or religion; a city of vanity, full of superstition and idolatry, and devoted to ruin and desolation; and will be broke to pieces by the judgments of God, which will come upon it in one hour, Revelation 18:8,

every house is shut up, that no man may come in: or, "from coming in"; not for fear of the enemy, and to keep him out; but because there are no inhabitants in them, being all destroyed by one means or another, by fire or sword, or famine or pestilence, so that there is none to go in or out. 10. city of confusion—rather, "desolation." What Jerusalem would be; by anticipation it is called so. Horsley translates, "The city is broken down; it is a ruin."

shut up—through fear; or rather, "choked up by ruins."24:1-12 All whose treasures and happiness are laid up on earth, will soon be brought to want and misery. It is good to apply to ourselves what the Scripture says of the vanity and vexation of spirit which attend all things here below. Sin has turned the earth upside down; the earth is become quite different to man, from what it was when God first made it to be his habitation. It is, at the best, like a flower, which withers in the hands of those that please themselves with it, and lay it in their bosoms. The world we live in is a world of disappointment, a vale of tears; the children of men in it are but of few days, and full of trouble, See the power of God's curse, how it makes all empty, and lays waste all ranks and conditions. Sin brings these calamities upon the earth; it is polluted by the sins of men, therefore it is made desolate by God's judgments. Carnal joy will soon be at end, and the end of it is heaviness. God has many ways to imbitter wine and strong drink to those who love them; distemper of body, anguish of mind, and the ruin of the estate, will make strong drink bitter, and the delights of sense tasteless. Let men learn to mourn for sin, and rejoice in God; then no man, no event, can take their joy from them.
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