Isaiah 47:2
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New International Version
Take millstones and grind flour; take off your veil. Lift up your skirts, bare your legs, and wade through the streams.

New Living Translation
Take heavy millstones and grind flour. Remove your veil, and strip off your robe. Expose yourself to public view.

English Standard Version
Take the millstones and grind flour, put off your veil, strip off your robe, uncover your legs, pass through the rivers.

New American Standard Bible
"Take the millstones and grind meal. Remove your veil, strip off the skirt, Uncover the leg, cross the rivers.

King James Bible
Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Take millstones and grind meal; remove your veil, strip off your skirt, bare your thigh, wade through the streams.

International Standard Version
Take millstones and grind flour. Remove your veil, strip off your robes, bare your legs, and wade through the rivers.

NET Bible
Pick up millstones and grind flour! Remove your veil, strip off your skirt, expose your legs, cross the streams!

New Heart English Bible
Take the millstones, and grind meal; remove your veil, strip off the train, uncover the leg, pass through the rivers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Take millstones and grind flour. Remove your veil. Take off your skirt. Uncover your legs, and cross the river.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take the millstones, and grind meal; Remove thy veil, Strip off the train, uncover the leg, Pass through the rivers.

New American Standard 1977
“Take the millstones and grind meal.
            Remove your veil, strip off the skirt,
            Uncover the leg, cross the rivers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Take the millstones and grind meal; uncover thy locks, remove the shoes from thy feet, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.

King James 2000 Bible
Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover your locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.

American King James Version
Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover your locks, make bore the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.

American Standard Version
Take the millstones, and grind meal; remove thy veil, strip off the train, uncover the leg, pass through the rivers.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take a millstone and grind meal: uncover thy shame, strip thy shoulder, make bare thy legs, pass over the rivers.

Darby Bible Translation
Take the millstones, and grind meal; remove thy veil, lift up the train, uncover the leg, pass over rivers:

English Revised Version
Take the millstones, and grind meal: remove thy veil, strip off the train, uncover the leg, pass through the rivers.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.

World English Bible
Take the millstones, and grind meal; remove your veil, strip off the train, uncover the leg, pass through the rivers.

Young's Literal Translation
Take millstones, and grind flour, Remove thy veil, draw up the skirt, Uncover the leg, pass over the floods.
Study Bible
The Fall of Babylon Predicted
1"Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; Sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no longer be called tender and delicate. 2"Take the millstones and grind meal. Remove your veil, strip off the skirt, Uncover the leg, cross the rivers. 3"Your nakedness will be uncovered, Your shame also will be exposed; I will take vengeance and will not spare a man."…
Cross References
Matthew 24:41
Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.

1 Corinthians 11:5
And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for it is just as if her head were shaved.

Genesis 24:65
She said to the servant, "Who is that man walking in the field to meet us?" And the servant said, "He is my master." Then she took her veil and covered herself.

Exodus 11:5
and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the millstones; all the firstborn of the cattle as well.

Job 31:10
May my wife grind for another, And let others kneel down over her.

Ecclesiastes 12:4
and the doors on the street are shut as the sound of the grinding mill is low, and one will arise at the sound of the bird, and all the daughters of song will sing softly.

Isaiah 3:23
hand mirrors, undergarments, turbans and veils.

Isaiah 20:4
so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, young and old, naked and barefoot with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.

Isaiah 32:11
Tremble, you women who are at ease; Be troubled, you complacent daughters; Strip, undress and put sackcloth on your waist,

Jeremiah 13:22
"If you say in your heart, 'Why have these things happened to me?' Because of the magnitude of your iniquity Your skirts have been removed And your heels have been exposed.
Treasury of Scripture

Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover your locks, make bore the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.

the milestones

Exodus 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first …

Judges 16:21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him …

Job 31:10 Then let my wife grind to another, and let others bow down on her.

Jeremiah 27:7 And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son's son, …

Lamentations 5:13 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

Matthew 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, …

Luke 17:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and …

make bare

Isaiah 3:17 Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of …

Isaiah 20:4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and …

Jeremiah 13:22,26 And if you say in your heart, Why come these things on me? For the …

Ezekiel 16:37-39 Behold, therefore I will gather all your lovers, with whom you have …

Hosea 2:3 Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, …

Micah 1:11 Pass you away, you inhabitant of Saphir, having your shame naked: …

Nahum 3:5,6 Behold, I am against you, said the LORD of hosts; and I will discover …

(2) Take the millstones.--Always the most servile form of female labour (Exodus 11:5; Job 31:10; Matthew 24:41).

Uncover thy locks.--The picture of suffering is heightened by the fact that the female slave has to wade unveiled, and bare-legged, all sense of shame outraged, to the scene of her labours. The picture is, of course, to be taken symbolically, not literally.

Verse 2. - Take the millstones, and grind meal. Do the hard work commonly allotted to female slaves. Turn the heavy upper millstone all day long upon the nether one (comp. Exodus 11:5). Babylon having been personified as a female captive, the details have to be in unison. Uncover thy locks. Babylonian women are represented in the Assyrian sculptures as wearing closefitting caps upon their heads (see 'Ancient Monarchies,' vol. 2, p. 500). Make bare the leg... pass over the rivers. On the way from their own city to the land of their captivity, they would have to wade through streams, and in so doing to expose parts of their persons which delicacy required to be concealed. Take the millstones, and grind meal,.... Foretelling that the Chaldeans should be taken captives, and used as such, and sent to prison houses, where they should turn the mill, and grind corn into meal; a very servile work, and which used to be done by captives and slaves, even by female ones, Exodus 11:5. The Targum is,

"go into servitude;''

of which this was a sign:

uncover thy locks: the attire and dress of the head, by which the locks were bound up and kept together; but being taken off, would hang loose, and be dishevelled, as in captives and mourners. The Targum is,

"uncover the glory of thy kingdom:''

make bare the leg; or the shoulder, as the Vulgate Latin version, to be scourged by the Persians:

uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers: they are bid to tuck up their clothes so high, that they might pass over the rivers which lay between them and Persia, whither they were carried captives. The Targum is,

"thy princes are broken, the people of their army are scattered, they pass away as the waters of the river.'' 2. millstones—like the querns or hand-mills, found in this country, before the invention of water mills and windmills: a convex stone, made by the hand to turn in a concave stone, fitted to receive it, the corn being ground between them: the office of a female slave in the East; most degrading (Job 31:10; Mt 24:41).

uncover thy locks—rather, "take off thy veil" [Horsley]: perhaps the removal of the plaited hair worn round the women's temples is included; it, too, is a covering (1Co 11:15); to remove it and the veil is the badge of the lowest female degradation; in the East the head is the seat of female modesty; the face of a woman is seldom, the whole head almost never, seen bare (see on [827]Isa 22:8).

make bare the leg—rather "lift up (literally, 'uncover'; as in lifting up the train the leg is uncovered) thy flowing train." In Mesopotamia, women of low rank, as occasion requires, wade across the rivers with stript legs, or else entirely put off their garments and swim across. "Exchange thy rich, loose, queenly robe, for the most abject condition, that of one going to and fro through rivers as a slave, to draw water," etc.

uncover … thigh—gather up the robe, so as to wade across.47:1-6 Babylon is represented under the emblem of a female in deep distress. She was to be degraded and endure sufferings; and is represented sitting on the ground, grinding at the handmill, the lowest and most laborious service. God was righteous in his vengeance, and none should interpose. The prophet exults in the Lord of hosts, as the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel. God often permits wicked men to prevail against his people; but those who cruelly oppress them will be punished.
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