Isaiah 27:8
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New International Version
By warfare and exile you contend with her-- with his fierce blast he drives her out, as on a day the east wind blows.

New Living Translation
No, but he exiled Israel to call her to account. She was exiled from her land as though blown away in a storm from the east.

English Standard Version
Measure by measure, by exile you contended with them; he removed them with his fierce breath in the day of the east wind.

New American Standard Bible
You contended with them by banishing them, by driving them away. With His fierce wind He has expelled them on the day of the east wind.

King James Bible
In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You disputed with her by banishing and driving her away. He removed her with His severe storm on the day of the east wind.

International Standard Version
Measure by measure, in their exile you contended with them; with his fierce blast he removed them, as on a day when the east wind blows.

NET Bible
When you summon her for divorce, you prosecute her; he drives her away with his strong wind in the day of the east wind.

New Heart English Bible
In measure, when you send them away, you contend with them. He has removed them with his rough blast in the day of the east wind.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He punished Israel by sending it away. He removed it with a fierce blast from the east winds.

JPS Tanakh 1917
In full measure, when Thou sendest her away, Thou dost contend with her; He hath removed her with His rough blast in the day of the east wind.

New American Standard 1977
Thou didst contend with them by banishing them, by driving them away.
            With His fierce wind He has expelled them on the day of the east wind.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In measure, she shall be chastised in her stalks: he stays his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

King James 2000 Bible
In measure, by sending it away, you will contend with it: he removes it with his fierce blast in the day of the east wind.

American King James Version
In measure, when it shoots forth, you will debate with it: he stays his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

American Standard Version
In measure, when thou sendest them away, thou dost content with them; he hath removed them with his rough blast in the day of the east wind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In measure against measure, when it shall be cast off, thou shalt judge it. He hath meditated with his severe spirit in the day of heat.

Darby Bible Translation
In measure, when sending her away, didst thou contend with her: he hath taken [her] away with his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

English Revised Version
In measure, when thou sendest her away, thou dost contend with her; he hath removed her with his rough blast in the day of the east wind.

Webster's Bible Translation
In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

World English Bible
In measure, when you send them away, you contend with them. He has removed them with his rough blast in the day of the east wind.

Young's Literal Translation
In measure, in sending it forth, thou strivest with it, He hath taken away by His sharp wind, In the day of an east wind,
Study Bible
The Deliverance of Israel
7Like the striking of Him who has struck them, has He struck them? Or like the slaughter of His slain, have they been slain? 8You contended with them by banishing them, by driving them away. With His fierce wind He has expelled them on the day of the east wind. 9Therefore through this Jacob's iniquity will be forgiven; And this will be the full price of the pardoning of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones like pulverized chalk stones; When Asherim and incense altars will not stand.…
Cross References
Isaiah 50:1
Thus says the LORD, "Where is the certificate of divorce By which I have sent your mother away? Or to whom of My creditors did I sell you? Behold, you were sold for your iniquities, And for your transgressions your mother was sent away.

Isaiah 54:7
"For a brief moment I forsook you, But with great compassion I will gather you.

Jeremiah 4:11
In that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, "A scorching wind from the bare heights in the wilderness in the direction of the daughter of My people-- not to winnow and not to cleanse,

Ezekiel 19:12
'But it was plucked up in fury; It was cast down to the ground; And the east wind dried up its fruit. Its strong branch was torn off So that it withered; The fire consumed it.

Hosea 13:15
Though he flourishes among the reeds, An east wind will come, The wind of the LORD coming up from the wilderness; And his fountain will become dry And his spring will be dried up; It will plunder his treasury of every precious article.
Treasury of Scripture

In measure, when it shoots forth, you will debate with it: he stays his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

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Isaiah 57:16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: …

Job 23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put …

Psalm 6:1 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, neither chasten me in your hot displeasure.

Psalm 38:1 O lord, rebuke me not in your wrath: neither chasten me in your hot displeasure.

Psalm 103:14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

Jeremiah 10:24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in your anger, lest you …

Jeremiah 30:11 For I am with you, said the LORD, to save you: though I make a full …

Jeremiah 46:28 Fear you not, O Jacob my servant, said the LORD: for I am with you…

1 Corinthians 10:13 There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but …

1 Peter 1:6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, …

it shooteth forth. or, thou sendest it forth
thou wilt

Isaiah 1:5,18-20 Why should you be stricken any more? you will revolt more and more: …

Isaiah 5:3,4 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray …

Judges 10:10-16 And the children of Israel cried to the LORD, saying, We have sinned …

Jeremiah 2:17-37 Have you not procured this to yourself, in that you have forsaken …

Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel: for the LORD has …

Hosea 6:1,2 Come, and let us return to the LORD: for he has torn, and he will …

Hosea 11:7-9 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called …

Micah 6:2-5 Hear you, O mountains, the LORD's controversy, and you strong foundations …

he stayeth, etc. or, when he removeth it
his rough

Isaiah 10:5,6,12 O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my …

Psalm 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you: the remainder of wrath …

Psalm 78:38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed …

Jeremiah 4:11,27 At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem…

Ezekiel 19:12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, …

Hosea 13:15 Though he be fruitful among his brothers, an east wind shall come, …

(8) In measure . . .--Literally, with the force of iteration, with measure and measure. The verse continues the thought of the preceding. The word for "measure" is strictly definite: the seah, or third part of an ephah (comp. Isaiah 5:10), and therefore used as proverbial for its smallness, to express the extreme moderation of God's chastisements.

When it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate With it.--Better, When thou didst put her away, thou didst plead with her. The prophet falls back upon the thought of Hosea 1-3, that Israel was the adulterous wife to whom Jehovah had given, as it were, a bill of divorcement, but against whom He did not carry the pleadings to the furthest point that the rigour of the law allowed. Comp. for this meaning Isaiah 1:1; Deuteronomy 24:1; Malachi 2:16.

He stayeth his rough wind . . .--The words have become familiar, as expressing the loving-kindness which will not heap chastisement on chastisement, lest a man should be swallowed up of overmuch sorrow, which keeps the "rough wind" from completing the devastation already wrought by the scorching "east wind." That rendering, however, can scarcely be maintained. The word translated "stay" is found elsewhere in Proverbs 25:4-5, and there has the sense of "separating," or "sifting." And this is its sense here also, the thought expressed asserting, though in another form than the traditional rendering, the compassion of Jehovah, in that He sifts with his rough wind in the day of east wind; though punishment come on punishment, it is reformatory, and not simply penal, to sift, and not to destroy. A rendering accepted by some critics gives, He sigheth with His rough wind, as though with a sorrowing pity mingled with the chastisement.

Verse 8. - Our translators have entirely mistaken the meaning of this verse. The proper rendering is, In measure, when thou puttest her away, thou wilt contend with her; he sighed with his keen breath in the day of the east wind. "In measure" means "with forbearance and moderation" - the punishment being carefully adjusted to the degree of the offence. God was about to "put Judah away" - to banish her into a far country; but still he would refrain himself - he would "not suffer his whole displeasure to arise," or give her over wholly to destruction. In the day of the east wind, or of the national catastrophe, when his breath was fierce and hard against his people, he would "sigh" at the needful chastisement. As Dr. Kay well says, "Amid the rough and stern severity which he breathed into the tempest, there was an undertone of sadness and grief." In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it,.... Or, "when he sendeth it forth" (x); when God sends forth an affliction on his people, or gives it a commission to them, as all are sent by him, he does it with moderation; he proportions it to their strength, and will not suffer them to be afflicted above what they are able to bear; and as, in afflicting, he debates and contends with his people, having a controversy with them, so he contends with the affliction he sends, and debates the point with it, and checks and corrects it, and will not suffer it to go beyond due bounds; and in this the afflictions of God's people differ from the afflictions of others, about which he is careless and unconcerned:

he stayeth his rough wind in the day of his east wind: when afflictions, like a blustering and blasting east wind, threaten much mischief, and to carry all before them, Jehovah, from whom they have their commission, and who holds the winds in his fist, represses them, stops the violence of them, and gradually abates the force of them, and quite stills them, when they have answered the end for which they are sent: or "he meditateth" (y); or speaketh, as Jarchi interprets it, "by his rough wind in the day of his east wind"; God sometimes meditates hard things against his people, and speaks unto them by the rough dispensations of his providence, admonishes them of their sins, and brings them to a sense and acknowledgment of them, which is his view in suffering them to befall them; or, "he removes by his rough wind" (z); their fruit, so Kimchi interprets it; as a rough wind blows off the blossoms and fruits, so the Lord, by afflictions, removes the unkind blossoms and bad fruit from his people, their sins and transgressions, as it follows.

(x) "in emittendo eam", Montanus. (y) "meditatus est", V. L. so it is used in Psal. i. 2. It sometimes intends a great sound and noise, such as the roaring of a lion, Isaiah 31.4. and Gussetius here interprets it of thunder, Ebr. Comment. p. 202. so Castalio renders it, "sonans suo duro spiritu". (z) "Removit in vento suo duro", Pagninus, Montanus; "removebit", Vatablus; "abstulit", Tigurine version, Piscator; so Ben Melech observes that the word has the signification of removing in Proverbs 25.4, 5. 8. In measure—not beyond measure; in moderation (Job 23:6; Ps 6:1; Jer 10:24; 30:11; 46:28).

when it shooteth—image from the vine; rather, passing from the image to the thing itself, "when sending her away (namely, Israel to exile; Isa 50:1, God only putting the adulteress away when He might justly have put her to death), Thou didst punish her" [Gesenius].

stayeth—rather, as Margin, "when He removeth it by His rough wind in the day," etc.

east wind—especially violent in the East (Job 27:21; Jer 18:17).27:6-13 In the days of the gospel, the latter days, the gospel church shall be more firmly fixed than the Jewish church, and shall spread further. May our souls be continually watered and kept, that we may abound in the fruits of the Spirit, in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. The Jews yet are kept a separate and a numerous people; they have not been rooted out as those who slew them. The condition of that nation, through so many ages, forms a certain proof of the Divine origin of the Scriptures; and the Jews live amongst us, a continued warning against sin. But though winds are ever so rough, ever so high, God can say to them, Peace, be still. And though God will afflict his people, yet he will make their afflictions to work for the good of their souls. According to this promise, since the captivity in Babylon, no people have shown such hatred to idols and idolatry as the Jews. And to all God's people, the design of affliction is to part between them and sin. The affliction has done us good, when we keep at a distance from the occasions of sin, and use care that we may not be tempted to it. Jerusalem had been defended by grace and the Divine protection; but when God withdrew, she was left like a wilderness. This has awfully come to pass. And this is a figure of the deplorable state of the vineyard, the church, when it brought forth wild grapes. Sinners flatter themselves they shall not be dealt with severely, because God is merciful, and is their Maker. We see how weak those pleas will be. Verses 12,13, seem to predict the restoration of the Jews after the Babylonish captivity, and their recovery from their present dispersion. This is further applicable to the preaching of the gospel, by which sinners are gathered into the grace of God; the gospel proclaims the acceptable year of the Lord. Those gathered by the sounding of the gospel trumpet, are brought in to worship God, and added to the church; and the last trumpet will gather the saints together.
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