Isaiah 32:13
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New International Version
and for the land of my people, a land overgrown with thorns and briers-- yes, mourn for all houses of merriment and for this city of revelry.

New Living Translation
For your land will be overgrown with thorns and briers. Your joyful homes and happy towns will be gone.

English Standard Version
for the soil of my people growing up in thorns and briers, yes, for all the joyous houses in the exultant city.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for the ground of my people growing thorns and briers, indeed, for every joyous house in the joyful city.

International Standard Version
and over the land of my people overgrown with thorns and briers— yes, over all the houses of merriment and over this city of revelry.

NET Bible
Mourn over the land of my people, which is overgrown with thorns and briers, and over all the once-happy houses in the city filled with revelry.

New Heart English Bible
Thorns and briars will come up on my people's land; yes, on all the houses of joy in the joyous city.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Mourn for my people's land where thorns and briars will grow. Mourn for all the happy homes in a joyful city.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the land of my people Whereon thorns and briers come up; Yea, for all the houses of joy And the joyous city.

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; even upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city:

King James 2000 Bible
Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the joyous houses in the joyous city:

American King James Version
On the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yes, on all the houses of joy in the joyous city:

American Standard Version
Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Upon the land of my people shall thorns and briers come up: how much more upon all the houses of joy, of the city that rejoiced?

Darby Bible Translation
Upon the land of my people shall come up thistles [and] briars, yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city.

English Revised Version
Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city:

Webster's Bible Translation
Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; also, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city:

World English Bible
Thorns and briars will come up on my people's land; yes, on all the houses of joy in the joyous city.

Young's Literal Translation
Over the ground of my people thorn -- brier goeth up, Surely over all houses of joy of the exulting city,
Study Bible
The Women of Jerusalem
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. 14Because the palace has been abandoned, the populated city forsaken. Hill and watch-tower have become caves forever, A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks;…
Cross References
Isaiah 5:6
"I will lay it waste; It will not be pruned or hoed, But briars and thorns will come up. I will also charge the clouds to rain no rain on it."

Isaiah 5:10
"For ten acres of vineyard will yield only one bath of wine, And a homer of seed will yield but an ephah of grain."

Isaiah 7:23
And it will come about in that day, that every place where there used to be a thousand vines, valued at a thousand shekels of silver, will become briars and thorns.

Isaiah 22:2
You who were full of noise, You boisterous town, you exultant city; Your slain were not slain with the sword, Nor did they die in battle.

Isaiah 23:7
Is this your jubilant city, Whose origin is from antiquity, Whose feet used to carry her to colonize distant places?

Isaiah 23:9
The LORD of hosts has planned it, to defile the pride of all beauty, To despise all the honored of the earth.

Isaiah 24:11
There is an outcry in the streets concerning the wine; All joy turns to gloom. The gaiety of the earth is banished.

Isaiah 27:10
For the fortified city is isolated, A homestead forlorn and forsaken like the desert; There the calf will graze, And there it will lie down and feed on its branches.

Isaiah 34:13
Thorns will come up in its fortified towers, Nettles and thistles in its fortified cities; It will also be a haunt of jackals And an abode of ostriches.

Isaiah 55:13
"Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up, And it will be a memorial to the LORD, For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off."
Treasury of Scripture

On the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yes, on all the houses of joy in the joyous city:

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Isaiah 6:11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be …

Isaiah 7:23 And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, …

Isaiah 34:13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in …

Psalm 107:34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

Hosea 9:6 For, see, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather …

Hosea 10:8 The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: …

yea, upon. or, burning upon, etc.

Jeremiah 39:8 And the Chaldeans burned the king's house, and the houses of the …

Revelation 18:7,8 How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much …

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Isaiah 22:2,12,13 You that are full of stirs, a tumultuous city, joyous city: your …

Verses 13-20. - A FURTHER MINGLING OF THREATS WITH COMFORTING PROMISES. The women require, like the men, to be both warned and comforted, wherefore the prophet addresses to them, as to the men in Isaiah 30. and 31, an intermixture of threatening (vers. 13, 14) with promise (vers. 15-20). Verse 13. - Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briars. This was the punishment with which the unfruitful vineyard was threatened in Isaiah 5:6. It may be understood either literally or of the wickedness that would abound when the time of judgment came. Yea, upon all the houses of joy (comp. Isaiah 5:9). If Sennacherib carried off, as he declares (G. Smith, 'Epenym Canon,' p. 134), more than two hundred thousand captives from Judaea, he must have left many houses without inhabitants. The solitude begun by him was completed by the Babylonians. The joyous city (see Isaiah 22:2). The word used has generally the sense of unholy mirth (comp. Isaiah 23:7; Isaiah 24:8; Zephaniah 2:15; Zephaniah 3:11). Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers,.... The curse of the earth, the spontaneous productions of it, being uncultivated, and this through want of men, they being destroyed or carried captive by the enemy; this is to be understood of the land of Judea, and not Samaria, as Aben Ezra; where the professing and covenant people of God dwelt; which is mentioned to show the apostasy of this people, for which ruin came upon their land, and the aggravation of it, as well as the goodness of God to them, which continued to the last, still considering them as his people. This respects not the desolation of the country by the Assyrian army, nor by the Chaldeans, but rather by the Romans, even their last destruction:

yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city; not Samaria, the head of the ten tribes, as some; but Jerusalem, the joy of the whole earth, as Jarchi; and the "houses of joy" in it mean not public houses, as taverns, and the like, where persons meet to revel and carouse, but the houses of nobles, princes, and rich men, who lived voluptuously, in great sensuality and carnal mirth, drinking wine in bowls, and chanting to the sound of the viol, and using all instruments of music; but now their houses, in which they enjoyed so much pleasure, should be demolished, and briers and thorns should grow upon the spot where they stood. Some render the word "burning", as in Isaiah 3:24 "burning shall be on all the houses" (o), &c.; and think it refers to the burning of the city of Jerusalem, and the palaces or houses of nobles and rich men in it, which was done both by the Chaldeans and by the Romans.

(o) Junius & Tremellius, Cocceius. 13. (Isa 5:6; 7:23).

houses of joy—pleasure-houses outside of Jerusalem, not Jerusalem itself, but other cities destroyed by Sennacherib in his march (Isa 7:20-25). However, the prophecy, in its full accomplishment, refers to the utter desolation of Judea and its capital by Rome, and subsequently, previous to the second coming of the King (Ps 118:26; Lu 13:35; 19:38); "the joyous city" is in this view, Jerusalem (Isa 22:2).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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