Isaiah 28:20
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New International Version
The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.

New Living Translation
The bed you have made is too short to lie on. The blankets are too narrow to cover you.

English Standard Version
For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on, and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in.

New American Standard Bible
The bed is too short on which to stretch out, And the blanket is too small to wrap oneself in.

King James Bible
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, the bed is too short to stretch out on, and its cover too small to wrap up in.

Contemporary English Version
Your bed is too short, your blanket too skimpy.

Good News Translation
You will be like the person in the proverb, who tries to sleep in a bed too short to stretch out on, with a blanket too narrow to wrap himself in.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, the bed is too short to stretch out on, and its cover too small to wrap up in.

International Standard Version
because the bed is too short to stretch out on, and its blankets too narrow to wrap around oneself!

NET Bible
For the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket is too narrow to wrap around oneself.

New Heart English Bible
For the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket is too narrow to wrap oneself in.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The bed is too short to stretch out on. The blanket is too narrow to serve as a cover.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the bed is too short for a man to stretch himself; And the covering too narrow when he gathereth himself up.

New American Standard 1977
The bed is too short on which to stretch out, And the blanket is too small to wrap oneself in.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

King James 2000 Bible
For the bed is shorter than a man can stretch himself upon: and the covering narrower than he can wrap himself in.

American King James Version
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

American Standard Version
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it; and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the bed is straitened, so that one must fall out, and a short covering can- not cover both.

Darby Bible Translation
For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on, and the covering too narrow when he would wrap himself in it.

English Revised Version
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it; and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

World English Bible
For the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket is too narrow to wrap oneself in.

Young's Literal Translation
For shorter hath been the bed Than to stretch one's self out in, And the covering hath been narrower Than to wrap one's self up in.
Study Bible
A Cornerstone in Zion
19"As often as it passes through, it will seize you; For morning after morning it will pass through, anytime during the day or night, And it will be sheer terror to understand what it means." 20The bed is too short on which to stretch out, And the blanket is too small to wrap oneself in. 21For the LORD will rise up as at Mount Perazim, He will be stirred up as in the valley of Gibeon, To do His task, His unusual task, And to work His work, His extraordinary work.…
Cross References
Isaiah 59:6
Their webs will not become clothing, Nor will they cover themselves with their works; Their works are works of iniquity, And an act of violence is in their hands.

Ezekiel 42:5
Now the upper chambers were smaller because the galleries took more space away from them than from the lower and middle ones in the building.
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(20) For the bed is shorter . . .--The image represents vividly a policy that ended in failure. Hezekiah's counsellors had "made their bed," and would have to lie on it, in their Egyptian alliance, but it would not meet their wants. Bed and blankets would be all too scanty, and leave them in a restless disquietude.

Verse 20. - For the bed, etc. We have a proverb, "As a man makes his bed, so must he lie in it." The Jews will have made themselves a bed in which they can have no comfort or ease, and consequently no rest. But they will only have themselves to blame for it. For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it,.... When a bed is short, a man cannot lie at his full length, and at ease:

and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it; when the bedclothes are narrow a man cannot cover himself with them, so as to be warm and comfortable. These proverbial expressions are interpreted by Kimchi of Jerusalem, when besieged by the Assyrian army, when the inhabitants of it were much straitened, distressed, and made uncomfortable; perhaps it may be better understood of the same city when besieged by the Romans, to which the Jews flocked from all parts, in such numbers, for shelter, that there was not room enough for them, at least not provision, and which was the cause of that great distress and miserable condition they were reduced to: in general, the design of the words may be to show that all refuges and shelters, all means made use of for safety and protection, by which they endeavoured to cover and secure themselves, would be insufficient; and particularly such that laid themselves at ease on the bed of their own righteousness, not submitting to Christ and his righteousness, and covered themselves with the rags of their own doings, and not with the garments of his salvation, would find themselves in a very uncomfortable and unsafe state. 20. Proverbial, for they shall find all their sources of confidence fail them; all shall be hopeless perplexity in their affairs.28:16-22 Here is a promise of Christ, as the only foundation of hope for escaping the wrath to come. This foundation was laid in Zion, in the eternal counsels of God. This foundation is a stone, firm and able to support his church. It is a tried stone, a chosen stone, approved of God, and never failed any who made trial of it. A corner stone, binding together the whole building, and bearing the whole weight; precious in the sight of the Lord, and of every believer; a sure foundation on which to build. And he who in any age or nation shall believe this testimony, and rest all his hopes, and his never-dying soul on this foundation, shall never be confounded. The right effect of faith in Christ is, to quiet and calm the soul, till events shall be timed by Him, who has all times in his own hand and power. Whatever men trust to for justification, except the righteousness of Christ; or for wisdom, strength, and holiness, except the influences of the Holy Ghost; or for happiness, except the favour of God; that protection in which they thought to shelter themselves, will prove not enough to answer the intention. Those who rest in a righteousness of their own, will have deceived themselves: the bed is too short, the covering too narrow. God will be glorified in the fulfilling of his counsels. If those that profess to be members of God's church, make themselves like Philistines and Canaanites, they must expect to be dealt with as such. Then dare not to ridicule the reproofs of God's word, or the approaches of judgements.
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