Isaiah 32:12
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New International Version
Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines

New Living Translation
Beat your breasts in sorrow for your bountiful farms and your fruitful grapevines.

English Standard Version
Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine,

New American Standard Bible
Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine,

King James Bible
They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Beat your breasts in mourning for the delightful fields and the fruitful vines,

International Standard Version
For people will be beating their breasts in mourning over the pleasant fields, over the fruitful vines,

NET Bible
Mourn over the field, over the delightful fields and the fruitful vine!

New Heart English Bible
Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Beat your breasts as you mourn for the fields, for the vines bearing grapes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Smiting upon the breasts For the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine;

New American Standard 1977
Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Upon their breasts they shall lament for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

King James 2000 Bible
Beat upon your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

American King James Version
They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

American Standard Version
They shall smite upon the breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Mourn for your breasts, for the delightful country, for the fruitful vineyard.

Darby Bible Translation
They shall smite on the breasts [in lamentation] for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vineyards.

English Revised Version
They shall smite upon the breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

Webster's Bible Translation
They shall lament for the breasts, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

World English Bible
Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

Young's Literal Translation
For breasts they are lamenting, For fields of desire, for the fruitful vine.
Study Bible
The Women of Jerusalem
11Tremble, you women who are at ease; Be troubled, you complacent daughters; Strip, undress and put sackcloth on your waist, 12Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine, 13For the land of my people in which thorns and briars shall come up; Yea, for all the joyful houses and for the jubilant city.…
Cross References
Nahum 2:7
It is fixed: She is stripped, she is carried away, And her handmaids are moaning like the sound of doves, Beating on their breasts.

Isaiah 32:13
For the land of my people in which thorns and briars shall come up; Yea, for all the joyful houses and for the jubilant city.
Treasury of Scripture

They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

lament

Lamentations 2:11 My eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured …

Lamentations 4:3,4 Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their …

pleasant fields. Heb. fields of desire

Deuteronomy 8:7,8 For the LORD your God brings you into a good land, a land of brooks of water…

Deuteronomy 11:11,12 But the land, where you go to possess it, is a land of hills and …

Ezekiel 20:6,15 In the day that I lifted up my hand to them, to bring them forth …

(12) They shall lament for the teats . . .--Better, shall smite upon the breasts. The Hebrew nouns for "teats" and "fields," Shdaim and Sad, have an assonance which may be represented by the Latin ubera and ubertas. In the renewed, unabated luxury of the women of Jerusalem Isaiah sees the precursor of another time of desolation like that which he had foretold before in the reign of Ahaz (Isaiah 7:24). "Thorns and briers" are again to take the place of the fair gardens in the outskirts of Jerusalem during the invasion of Sennacherib, as they had once before in that of Rezin and Pekah. The "houses of joy" are manifestly what we should call the stately villas of the rich.

Verse 12. - They shall lament for the teats, etc.; rather, they shall beat upon the breasts for the pleasant fields, etc. (so the LXX., the Vulgate, Jarchi, Gesenius, Ewald, Maurer, Knobel, Delitzsch, and Mr. Cheyne). Dr. Kay prefers the rendering of the Authorized Version, understanding by "the teats" such "dry breasts" as Hosea speaks of (Hosea 9:14). But nothing has been said in this place of any such affliction. For the pleasant fields, etc.; i.e. for their loss (see ver. 10). They shall lament for the teats,.... Either of the beasts of the field, that should be dried up, and give no milk, through the great drought that should be upon the land; or through the waste of the herbage by the enemy; or else of the women, their breasts and paps, which should afford no milk for their infants, through the famine that should press them sore, which would occasion great lamentation, both in mothers and children; though some think are to be understood of the fields, and are explained by them in the next clause; the fruitful earth being compared to a woman, its fields are like breasts or paps, which yield food and nourishment, but now should not afford any, and therefore there would be cause of lamentation. Jarchi interprets it, "they shall beat upon their breasts" (m) a gesture used in lamentation to express exceeding great grief and sorrow, Luke 18:13 some, because the word rendered "lament" is of the masculine gender, and so not applicable to women, render the words in connection with the preceding verse Isaiah 32:11 thus,

"gird sackcloth on your loins, and on your mourning breasts'' (n);

though they may be interpreted indefinitely, "there shall be lamentation for the teats", among all sorts of people, men, women, and children:

for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine; as the fields are when covered with corn and grass, and the vines with clusters of grapes, but now should not be, either through drought, or by being foraged and trampled on by the enemy.

(m) So it is explained in T. Bab. Moed Katon, fol. 27. 2.((n) So Castalio. 12. lament for … teats—rather, shall smite on their breasts in lamentation "for thy pleasant fields" (Na 2:7) [Maurer]. "Teats" in English Version is used for fertile lands, which, like breasts, nourish life. The transition from "ye" to "they" (Isa 32:11, 12) is frequent.32:9-20 When there was so much provocation given to the holy God, bad times might be expected. Alas! how many careless ones there are, who support self-indulgence by shameful niggardliness! We deserve to be deprived of the supports of life, when we make them the food of lusts. Let such tremble and be troubled. Blessed times shall be brought in by the pouring out of the Spirit from on high; then, and not till then, there will be good times. The present state of the Jews shall continue until a more abundant pouring out of the Spirit from on high. Peace and quietness shall be found in the way and work of righteousness. True satisfaction is to be had only in true religion. And real holiness is real happiness now, and shall be perfect happiness, that is, perfect holiness for ever. The good seed of the word shall be sown in all places, and be watered by Divine grace; and laborious, patient labourers shall be sent forth into God's husbandry.
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