Isaiah 49:20
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New International Version
The children born during your bereavement will yet say in your hearing, 'This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in.'

New Living Translation
The generations born in exile will return and say, 'We need more room! It's crowded here!'

English Standard Version
The children of your bereavement will yet say in your ears: ‘The place is too narrow for me; make room for me to dwell in.’

New American Standard Bible
"The children of whom you were bereaved will yet say in your ears, 'The place is too cramped for me; Make room for me that I may live here.'

King James Bible
The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet as you listen, the children that you have been deprived of will say, This place is too small for me; make room for me so that I may settle.'

International Standard Version
"The children who are grieving at present will yet say in your hearing, 'This place is too crowded for me; make room for me, so I may have a place to live.'

NET Bible
Yet the children born during your time of bereavement will say within your hearing, 'This place is too cramped for us, make room for us so we can live here.'

New Heart English Bible
The children of your bereavement shall yet say in your ears, The place is too small for me; give place to me that I may dwell.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The children taken from you will say to you, "This place is too crowded for me. Make room for me to live here."

JPS Tanakh 1917
The children of thy bereavement Shall yet say in thine ears: 'The place is too strait for me; Give place to me that I may dwell.'

New American Standard 1977
“The children of whom you were bereaved will yet say in your ears,
            ‘The place is too cramped for me;
            Make room for me that I may live here.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Even thy sons which were fatherless, shall say in thine ears, The place is too strait for me; give place to me that I may dwell.

King James 2000 Bible
The children which you shall have, after you have lost the other, shall say again in your ears, The place is too narrow for me: give a place to me that I may dwell.

American King James Version
The children which you shall have, after you have lost the other, shall say again in your ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.

American Standard Version
The children of thy bereavement shall yet say in thine ears, The place is too strait for me; give place to me that I may dwell.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The children of thy barrenness shall still say in thy ears: The place is too strait for me, make me room to dwell in.

Darby Bible Translation
The children of thy bereavement shall yet say in thine ears, The place is too narrow for me: make room for me, that I may dwell.

English Revised Version
The children of thy bereavement shall yet say in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.

Webster's Bible Translation
The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thy ears, The place is too narrow for me: give place to me that I may dwell.

World English Bible
The children of your bereavement shall yet say in your ears, The place is too small for me; give place to me that I may dwell.

Young's Literal Translation
Again do the sons of thy bereavement say in thine ears: 'The place is too strait for me, Come nigh to me -- and I dwell.'
Study Bible
The Restoration of Israel
19"For your waste and desolate places and your destroyed land-- Surely now you will be too cramped for the inhabitants, And those who swallowed you will be far away. 20"The children of whom you were bereaved will yet say in your ears, 'The place is too cramped for me; Make room for me that I may live here.' 21"Then you will say in your heart, 'Who has begotten these for me, Since I have been bereaved of my children And am barren, an exile and a wanderer? And who has reared these? Behold, I was left alone; From where did these come?'"…
Cross References
Isaiah 29:23
But when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst, They will sanctify My name; Indeed, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob And will stand in awe of the God of Israel.

Isaiah 54:1
"Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman," says the LORD.

Isaiah 54:2
"Enlarge the place of your tent; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; Lengthen your cords And strengthen your pegs.

Isaiah 60:4
"Lift up your eyes round about and see; They all gather together, they come to you. Your sons will come from afar, And your daughters will be carried in the arms.

Zechariah 2:4
and said to him, "Run, speak to that young man, saying, 'Jerusalem will be inhabited without walls because of the multitude of men and cattle within it.

Zechariah 10:10
"I will bring them back from the land of Egypt And gather them from Assyria; And I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon Until no room can be found for them.
Treasury of Scripture

The children which you shall have, after you have lost the other, shall say again in your ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.

children

Isaiah 60:4 Lift up your eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves …

Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of …

Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: …

Galatians 4:26-28 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all…

the place

Isaiah 51:3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; …

Isaiah 54:1,2 Sing, O barren, you that did not bear; break forth into singing, …

Joshua 17:14-16 And the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, Why have you …

2 Kings 6:1 And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, Behold now, the place …

(20) The children which thou shalt have . . .--Better, the children of thy bereavement (i.e., born when Zion thought herself bereaved) shall yet say . . .

Verse 20. - The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other; literally, the children of thy bereavement; i.e. the Gentiles who shall replace those many faithless Israelites who refused to return when Cyrus issued his edict, and became lost to the Church of God. The place is too strait for me (see the comment on ver. 19). The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other,.... Which "other lost" are not the Jews, the broken branches, rejected and cut off for unbelief; and the "children after" them not the Gentiles converted, which took their place; but "the other" are such who have been destroyed by the Heathen persecutions, and especially by the antichristian cruelties; and the "children after", the great numbers of converts upon the fall of antichrist. The words may be rendered, "the children of thine orbity" (o), or "childless state"; such as were born unto her in an uncommon, extraordinary, and unexpected way, when the church seemed to be in a widowhood estate, or like a woman that is past bearing children:

shall say again in thine ears; or, "shall yet say" (p); that is, hereafter, in time to come: for this is a prophecy of what should be said in the church's hearing, and such as had never been said before; and therefore improperly rendered "again"; for there never has been as yet such a time as this, or such a large number of converts, as to say,

the place is too strait for me to dwell in; there is not room enough for us, as in 2 Kings 6:1,

give place to me that I may dwell; one and another of the children or converts should say, make room for me, that I may have a name and a place among you, and dwell with you, and abide in the house of the Lord, and partake of the privileges and ordinances of it: but the word used signifies drawing nigh, and not giving way or removing; and should rather be rendered, "draw nigh to me that I may dwell"; or "and I shall dwell" (q), or "sit"; come close to one another, and we shall all sit and dwell comfortably together; just as when a house is well filled with agreeable company, and there is an unwillingness to part with or lose any, they are desired to sit close together, that there may be room for all: and this is, and will be, the case with the church and her members; they will be desirous to sit regularly, and close together, in Gospel order, that everyone may be comfortable, and partake of the benefit of communion, and none be obliged to depart: and to this sense Gussetius (r) interprets the phrase.

(o) "filii orbitatis tuae", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Vitringa; "orbitatum tuarum", Pagninus, Montanus; "tui orbati", Munster. (The word "orbity" means "childless" or "without parents", Webster's 1828 Dictionary, Editor) (p) "adhuc dicent", Gataker, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Vitringa. q) "accede mihi & habitabo", Montanus; "contrahe te mea causa ut sedeam", Cocceius. (r) Ebr. Comment. p. 496. 20. children … after … other—rather, "the children of thy widowhood," that is, the children of whom thou hast been bereft during their dispersion in other lands (see on [834]Isa 47:8) [Maurer].

again—rather, "yet."

give place—rather, "stand close to me," namely, in order that we may be the more able to dwell in in the narrow place [Horsley]. Compare as to Israel's spiritual children, and the extension of the gospel sphere, Ro 15:19, 24; 2Co 10:14-16. But Isa 49:22 (compare Isa 66:20) shows that her literal children are primarily meant. Gesenius translates, "Make room."49:18-23 Zion is addressed as an afflicted widow, bereaved of her children. Numbers flock to her, and she is assured that they come to be a comfort to her. There are times when the church is desolate and few in number; yet its desolations shall not last for ever, and God will repair them. God can raise up friends for returning Israelites, even among Gentiles. They shall bring their children, and make them thy children. Let all deal tenderly and carefully with young converts and beginners in religion. Princes shall protect the church. It shall appear that God is the sovereign Lord of all. And those who in the exercise of faith, hope, and patience, wait on God for the fulfilment of his promises, shall never be confounded.
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