Isaiah 28:10
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New International Version
For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there."

New Living Translation
He tells us everything over and over--one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there!"

English Standard Version
For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”

New American Standard Bible
"For He says, 'Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there.'"

King James Bible
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For he says: "Law after law, law after law, line after line, line after line, a little here, a little there."

International Standard Version
For it is: "Do this and do that, do this and do that, Line upon line, line upon line, a little here, a little there."

NET Bible
Indeed, they will hear meaningless gibberish, senseless babbling, a syllable here, a syllable there.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They speak utter nonsense.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

King James 2000 Bible
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

American King James Version
For precept must be on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, and there a little:

American Standard Version
For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For command, command again; command, command again; expect, expect again; expect, expect again: a little there, a little there.

Darby Bible Translation
For [it is] precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little. ...

English Revised Version
For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little.

Webster's Bible Translation
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

World English Bible
For it is precept on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, there a little.

Young's Literal Translation
For rule is on rule, rule on rule, line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

28:5-15 The prophet next turns to Judah, whom he calls the residue of his people. Happy are those alone, who glory in the Lord of hosts himself. Hence his people get wisdom and strength for every service and every conflict. But it is only in Christ Jesus that the holy God communicates with sinful man. And whether those that teach are drunk with wine, or intoxicated with false doctrines and notions concerning the kingdom and salvation of the Messiah, they not only err themselves, but lead multitudes astray. All places where such persons have taught are filled with errors. For our instruction in the things of God, it is needful that the same precept and the same line should be often repeated to us, that we may the better understand them. God, by his word, calls us to what is really for our advantage; the service of God is the only true rest for those weary of the service of sin, and there is no refreshment but under the easy yoke of the Lord Jesus. All this had little effect upon the people. Those who will not understand what is plain, but scorn and despise it as mean and trifling, are justly punished. If we are at peace with God, we have, in effect, made a covenant with death; whenever it comes, it cannot do us any real damage, if we are Christ's. But to think of making death our friend, while by sin we are making God our enemy, is absurd. And do not they make lies their refuge who trust in their own righteousness, or to a death-bed repentance? which is a resolution to sin no more, when it is no longer in their power to do so.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - For precept must be upon precept; rather, for it is precept upon precept (Lowth, Cheyne). The whole teaching is nothing but an accumulation of precept upon precept, rule upon rule, one little injunction followed up by another, here a little, there a little. The objectors profess to find in the prophet's teaching nothing grand, nothing broad - no enunciation of great leading principles; but a perpetual drizzling rain of petty maxims and rules, vexatious, cramping, confining; especially unsuitable to men Who had had the training of priests and prophets, and could have appreciated a grand theory, or a new religious standpoint, but were simply revolted at a teaching which seemed to them narrow, childish, and wearisome. It has been said that in the language of this passage "we may hear the heavy babbling utterance of the drunken scoffers" (Delitzsch); but in this we have perhaps an over-refinement. Isaiah probably gives us, not what his adversaries said of him over their cups, but the best arguments which they could hit on in their sober hours to depreciate his doe-trine. The arguments must be allowed to be clever.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,.... Signifying, that they must be dealt with as children were, when first instructed in the rudiments of a language, first had one rule given them, and then another, and so one after another till they had gone through the whole:

line upon line, line upon line; who are taught first to write one line, and then another; or to draw one line, and write after that, and then another; or where to begin one line, and, when finished, where to begin another; for the allusion is to writing by line, and not to a line used in building, as Kimchi and Ben Melech think:

here a little, and there a little; a small lesson out of one book, and a small lesson out of another; a little one day, and a little on the next, and so on, that their memories may not be overburdened.



Isaiah 28:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Judgment on Ephraim
9"To whom would He teach knowledge, And to whom would He interpret the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just taken from the breast? 10"For He says, 'Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there.'" 11Indeed, He will speak to this people Through stammering lips and a foreign tongue,…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 36:15
The LORD, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place.

Nehemiah 9:30
For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples.
Treasury of Scripture

For precept must be on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, and there a little:

for precept

Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the LORD was to them precept on precept, precept …

Isaiah 5:4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done …

Deuteronomy 6:1-6 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, …

2 Chronicles 36:15,16 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, …

Nehemiah 9:29,30 And testified against them, that you might bring them again to your …

Jeremiah 11:7 For I earnestly protested to your fathers in the day that I brought …

Jeremiah 25:3-7 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, …

Matthew 21:34-41 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to …

Philippians 3:1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things …

2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time you ought to be teachers…

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