Isaiah 24:17
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New International Version
Terror and pit and snare await you, people of the earth.

New Living Translation
Terror and traps and snares will be your lot, you people of the earth.

English Standard Version
Terror and the pit and the snare are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!

New American Standard Bible
Terror and pit and snare Confront you, O inhabitant of the earth.

King James Bible
Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Panic, pit, and trap await you who dwell on the earth.

International Standard Version
"Terror and pit and snare are coming in your direction, you inhabitants of the earth!

NET Bible
Terror, pit, and snare are ready to overtake you inhabitants of the earth!

New Heart English Bible
Fear, the pit, and the snare, are on you who inhabitant the earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Disasters, pits, and traps are in store for those who live on earth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Terror, and the pit, and the trap, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

New American Standard 1977
Terror and pit and snare
            Confront you, O inhabitant of the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Fear and the pit and the snare are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.

American King James Version
Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are on you, O inhabitant of the earth.

American Standard Version
Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Fear, and the pit, and the snare are upon thee, O thou inhabitant of the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
Fear, and the pit, and the snare are upon thee, inhabitant of the land.

English Revised Version
Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

World English Bible
Fear, the pit, and the snare, are on you who inhabitant the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
Fear, and a snare, and a gin, Are on thee, O inhabitant of the land.
Study Bible
God's Judgment on the Earth
16From the ends of the earth we hear songs, "Glory to the Righteous One," But I say, "Woe to me! Woe to me! Alas for me! The treacherous deal treacherously, And the treacherous deal very treacherously." 17Terror and pit and snare Confront you, O inhabitant of the earth. 18Then it will be that he who flees the report of disaster will fall into the pit, And he who climbs out of the pit will be caught in the snare; For the windows above are opened, and the foundations of the earth shake.…
Cross References
Job 18:8
"For he is thrown into the net by his own feet, And he steps on the webbing.

Isaiah 8:14
"Then He shall become a sanctuary; But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over, And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 11:11
Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold I am bringing disaster on them which they will not be able to escape; though they will cry to Me, yet I will not listen to them.

Jeremiah 48:43
"Terror, pit and snare are coming upon you, O inhabitant of Moab," declares the LORD.

Lamentations 2:22
You called as in the day of an appointed feast My terrors on every side; And there was no one who escaped or survived In the day of the LORD'S anger. Those whom I bore and reared, My enemy annihilated them.

Lamentations 3:47
Panic and pitfall have befallen us, Devastation and destruction;

Ezekiel 11:8
"You have feared a sword; so I will bring a sword upon you," the Lord GOD declares.

Ezekiel 12:13
"I will also spread My net over him, and he will be caught in My snare. And I will bring him to Babylon in the land of the Chaldeans; yet he will not see it, though he will die there.

Amos 5:19
As when a man flees from a lion And a bear meets him, Or goes home, leans his hand against the wall And a snake bites him.
Treasury of Scripture

Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are on you, O inhabitant of the earth.

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Leviticus 26:21,22 And if you walk contrary to me, and will not listen to me; I will …

1 Kings 19:17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapes the sword of Hazael …

Jeremiah 8:3 And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of …

Jeremiah 48:43,44 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, shall be on you, O inhabitant of …

Ezekiel 14:21 For thus said the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore …

(17) Fear, and the pit, and the snare . . .--The words paint the rapid succession of inevitable calamities, in imagery drawn from the several forms of the hunter's work. There is first the terror of the startled beast; then the pit dug that he might fall into it; then the snare, if he struggled out of the pit, out of which there was no escape (Isaiah 8:15). The passage is noticeable as having been reproduced by Jeremiah in his prophecy against Moab (Jeremiah 48:43-44).

Verse 17. - Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee. Man will be like a hunted animal, flying from pursuit, and in danger at each step of falling into a pit or being caught in a snare (comp. Jeremiah 48:43, 44, where the idea is borrowed from this place, and applied to a particular nation). Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. This is to be understood not of the land of Judea only, and the inhabitants of it, but of all the earth; Kimchi interprets it of the nations of the world, particularly the Greeks and Turks; but the whole world, and the inhabitants of it, are meant, as the following verses show. There is an elegant play on words in the Hebrew, which cannot well be expressed in English, in the words "pachad, pachath, pach", fear, pit, and a snare; which are expressive of a variety of dangers, difficulties, and distresses; there seems to be an allusion to creatures that are hunted, who flee through fear, and fleeing fall into pits, or are entangled in snares, and so taken. Before the last day, or second coming of Christ to judge the world, there will be great perplexity in men's minds, great dread and fear upon their hearts, and much distress of nations; and the coming of the Son of Man will be as a snare upon the earth; see Luke 21:25. 17. This verse explains the wretchedness spoken of in Isa 24:16. Jeremiah (Jer 48:43, 44) uses the same words. They are proverbial; Isa 24:18 expressing that the inhabitants were nowhere safe; if they escaped one danger, they fell into another, and worse, on the opposite side (Am 5:19). "Fear" is the term applied to the cords with feathers of all colors which, when fluttered in the air, scare beasts into the pitfall, or birds into the snare. Horsley makes the connection. Indignant at the treatment which the Just One received, the prophet threatens the guilty land with instant vengeance.24:16-23 Believers may be driven into the uttermost parts of the earth; but they are singing, not sighing. Here is terror to sinners; the prophet laments the miseries he saw breaking in like a torrent; and the small number of believers. He foresees that sin would abound. The meaning is plain, that evil pursues sinners. Unsteady, uncertain are all these things. Worldly men think to dwell in the earth as in a palace, as in a castle; but it shall be removed like a cottage, like a lodge put up for the night. It shall fall and not rise again; but there shall be new heavens and a new earth, in which shall dwell nothing but righteousness. Sin is a burden to the whole creation; it is a heavy burden, under which it groans now, and will sink at last. The high ones, that are puffed up with their grandeur, that think themselves out of the reach of danger, God will visit for their pride and cruelty. Let us judge nothing before the time, though some shall be visited. None in this world should be secure, though their condition be ever so prosperous; nor need any despair, though their condition be ever so deplorable. God will be glorified in all this. But the mystery of Providence is not yet finished. The ruin of the Redeemer's enemies must make way for his kingdom, and then the Sun of Righteousness will appear in full glory. Happy are those who take warning by the sentence against others; every impenitent sinner will sink under his transgression, and rise no more, while believers enjoy everlasting bliss.
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