Isaiah 42:15
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New International Version
I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into islands and dry up the pools.

New Living Translation
I will level the mountains and hills and blight all their greenery. I will turn the rivers into dry land and will dry up all the pools.

English Standard Version
I will lay waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn the rivers into islands, and dry up the pools.

New American Standard Bible
"I will lay waste the mountains and hills And wither all their vegetation; I will make the rivers into coastlands And dry up the ponds.

King James Bible
I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will lay waste mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation. I will turn rivers into islands and dry up marshes.

International Standard Version
I'll devastate the mountains and hills, and dry up all their vegetation; I'll turn rivers into islands, and dry up the ponds.

NET Bible
I will make the trees on the mountains and hills wither up; I will dry up all their vegetation. I will turn streams into islands, and dry up pools of water.

New Heart English Bible
I will destroy mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs. I will make the rivers islands, and will dry up the pools.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will lay waste to mountains and hills. I will dry up all their vegetation. I will turn rivers into islands. I will dry up ponds.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I will make waste mountains and hills, And dry up all their herbs; And I will make the rivers islands, And will dry up the pools.

New American Standard 1977
“I will lay waste the mountains and hills,
            And wither all their vegetation;
            I will make the rivers into coastlands,
            And dry up the ponds.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will make waste mountains and hills and dry up all their grass, and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.

King James 2000 Bible
I will lay waste the mountains and hills, and dry up all their vegetation; and I will turn the rivers into islands, and I will dry up the pools.

American King James Version
I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.

American Standard Version
I will lay waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and will dry up the pools.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will lay waste the mountains and hills, and will make all their grass to wither: and I will turn rivers into islands, and will dry up the standing pools.

Darby Bible Translation
I will lay waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.

English Revised Version
I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and will dry up the pools.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers to be islands, and I will dry up the pools.

World English Bible
I will destroy mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs. I will make the rivers islands, and will dry up the pools.

Young's Literal Translation
I make waste mountains and hills, And all their herbs I dry up, And I have made rivers become isles, And ponds I dry up.
Study Bible
A New Song of Praise
14"I have kept silent for a long time, I have kept still and restrained Myself. Now like a woman in labor I will groan, I will both gasp and pant. 15"I will lay waste the mountains and hills And wither all their vegetation; I will make the rivers into coastlands And dry up the ponds. 16"I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them And rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone."…
Cross References
Psalm 107:33
He changes rivers into a wilderness And springs of water into a thirsty ground;

Isaiah 2:12
For the LORD of hosts will have a day of reckoning Against everyone who is proud and lofty And against everyone who is lifted up, That he may be abased.

Isaiah 41:15
"Behold, I have made you a new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges; You will thresh the mountains and pulverize them, And will make the hills like chaff.

Isaiah 44:27
"It is I who says to the depth of the sea, 'Be dried up!' And I will make your rivers dry.

Isaiah 50:2
"Why was there no man when I came? When I called, why was there none to answer? Is My hand so short that it cannot ransom? Or have I no power to deliver? Behold, I dry up the sea with My rebuke, I make the rivers a wilderness; Their fish stink for lack of water And die of thirst.

Ezekiel 38:19
"In My zeal and in My blazing wrath I declare that on that day there will surely be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.

Ezekiel 38:20
"The fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all the creeping things that creep on the earth, and all the men who are on the face of the earth will shake at My presence; the mountains also will be thrown down, the steep pathways will collapse and every wall will fall to the ground.

Nahum 1:4
He rebukes the sea and makes it dry; He dries up all the rivers. Bashan and Carmel wither; The blossoms of Lebanon wither.
Treasury of Scripture

I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.

Isaiah 2:12-16 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be on every one that is proud …

Isaiah 11:15,16 And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; …

Isaiah 44:27 That said to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up your rivers:

Isaiah 49:11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.

Isaiah 50:2 Why, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none …

Psalm 18:7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills …

Psalm 107:33,34 He turns rivers into a wilderness, and the springs into dry ground…

Psalm 114:3-7 The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back…

Jeremiah 4:24 I beheld the mountains, and, see, they trembled, and all the hills …

Nahum 1:4-6 He rebukes the sea, and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers: …

Habakkuk 3:6-10 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the …

Haggai 2:6 For thus said the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, …

Zechariah 10:11 And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite …

Revelation 6:12-17 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, see, there was …

Revelation 8:7-12 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled …

Revelation 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part …

Revelation 16:12,18 And the sixth angel poured out his vial on the great river Euphrates; …

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose …

(15) I will make waste mountains . . .--The whole description is symbolic, and points to the subjugation of the heathen nations, the "rivers" and "pools" probably representing the kingdoms of the Tigris and Euphrates (Isaiah 8:7). All this seems a purely destructive work, but through it all mercy and truth are working, and a way is being opened for the return of Israel, in painting which, as elsewhere, the literal melts into the spiritual, as in a dissolving view. (See Note on Isaiah 40:4.) "These things" include the whole work of judgment and of mercy.

Verse 15. - I will make waste mountains and hills. The result of God's "stirring up his jealousy," and giving a free vent to his feelings, will be the destruction of the great and mighty ones of the earth (comp. Isaiah 2:14). These are probably, in this place, the Babylonian kings and nobles. Dry up all their herbs; i.e. turn Babylonia, temporarily, into a desert. Make the rivers islands, and dry up the pools. Invert the established order of things - turn the rivers into dry land, and empty the reservoirs. There is, perhaps, some allusion to those dealings with the river-beds, which the Greek historians ascribe to Cyrus (Herod., 1:189, 191; Xen., 'Cyrop.,' 7:5, § 10), and which are not disproved by the fact that the one native account of the capture of Babylon by Cyrus, which has come down to us, makes no mention of them. I will make waste mountains and hills,.... Kingdoms, greater and lesser; kings and governors, as Jarchi interprets it; and so Kimchi understands it of the kings of the nations; by them are meant the emperors of Rome, and their governors under them, that set themselves against Christ and his Gospel, but were overcome by him; these mountains and hills became a plain before him: "every mountain and island were moved out of their places, and the kings of the earth, and the great men, &c. hid themselves in the dens, and in the rocks of the mountains, and called upon them to fall on them, and hide them from the wrath of the Lamb", Revelation 6:14,

and dry up all their herbs; the common people, and common soldiers that were with them, and on their side; comparable, for smallness, weakness, and number, to the grass of the mountains and hills:

and I will make the rivers islands, and dry up the pools; extirpate all the remains of idolatry, rivers and fountains being sacred with the Heathens, as mountains and hills were places where sacrifices were offered to idols. Unless by it rather should be meant, that the Lord would remove all impediments out of the way of his people, or which were obstacles of their conversion; just as he dried up the waters of the Red sea and Jordan, to make way for the people of Israel; to which the allusion may be, and which agrees with the following words. 15. I will destroy all My foes.

mountains—in Palestine usually planted with vines and olives in terraces, up to their tops.

islands—rather, "dry lands." God will destroy His foes, the heathen, and their idols, and "dry up" the fountains of their oracles, their doctrines and institutions, the symbol of which is water, and their schools which promoted idolatry [Vitringa].42:13-17 The Lord will appear in his power and glory. He shall cry, in the preaching of his word. He shall cry aloud in the gospel woes, which must be preached with gospel blessings, to awaken a sleeping world. He shall conquer by the power of his Spirit. And those that contradict and blaspheme his gospel, he shall put to silence and shame; and that which hinders its progress shall be taken out of the way. To those who by nature were blind, God will show the way to life and happiness by Jesus Christ. They are weak in knowledge, but He will make darkness light. They are weak in duty, but their way shall be plain. Those whom God brings into the right way, he will guide in it. This passage is a prophecy, and is also applicable to every believer; for the Lord will never leave nor forsake them.
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