Isaiah 5:9
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New International Version
The LORD Almighty has declared in my hearing: "Surely the great houses will become desolate, the fine mansions left without occupants.

New Living Translation
But I have heard the LORD of Heaven's Armies swear a solemn oath: "Many houses will stand deserted; even beautiful mansions will be empty.

English Standard Version
The LORD of hosts has sworn in my hearing: “Surely many houses shall be desolate, large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant.

New American Standard Bible
In my ears the LORD of hosts has sworn, "Surely, many houses shall become desolate, Even great and fine ones, without occupants.

King James Bible
In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I heard the LORD of Hosts say: Indeed, many houses will become desolate, grand and lovely ones without inhabitants.

International Standard Version
The LORD of the Heavenly Armies has declared this so I could hear it: "Surely many houses will become desolate, great and beautiful houses, without occupants.

NET Bible
The LORD who commands armies told me this: "Many houses will certainly become desolate, large, impressive houses will have no one living in them.

New Heart English Bible
In my ears, the LORD of hosts says: "Surely many houses will be desolate, even great and beautiful, unoccupied.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
With my own ears I heard the LORD of Armies say, "Many houses will become empty. Large, beautiful houses will be without people to live in them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
In mine ears said the LORD of hosts: Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, Even great and fair, without inhabitant.

New American Standard 1977
In my ears the LORD of hosts has sworn, “Surely, many houses shall become desolate,
            Even great and fine ones, without occupants.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In my ears, the LORD of the hosts said, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.

King James 2000 Bible
In my hearing said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.

American King James Version
In my ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.

American Standard Version
In mine ears'saith Jehovah of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.

Douay-Rheims Bible
These things are in my ears, saith the Lord of hosts: Unless many great and fair houses shall become desolate, without an inhabitant.

Darby Bible Translation
In mine ears Jehovah of hosts [hath said], Many houses shall assuredly become a desolation, great and excellent ones, without inhabitant.

English Revised Version
In mine ears saith the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.

Webster's Bible Translation
In my ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.

World English Bible
In my ears, Yahweh of Armies says: "Surely many houses will be desolate, even great and beautiful, unoccupied.

Young's Literal Translation
By the weapons of Jehovah of Hosts Do not many houses a desolation become? Great and good without inhabitant!
Study Bible
Woes to the Wicked
8Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field, Until there is no more room, So that you have to live alone in the midst of the land! 9In my ears the LORD of hosts has sworn, "Surely, many houses shall become desolate, Even great and fine ones, without occupants. 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."…
Cross References
Matthew 23:38
Look, your house is left to you desolate.

James 5:4
Look, the wages you withheld from the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts.

Job 15:28
"He has lived in desolate cities, In houses no one would inhabit, Which are destined to become ruins.

Isaiah 6:11
Then I said, "Lord, how long?" And He answered, "Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, Houses are without people And the land is utterly desolate,

Isaiah 6:12
"The LORD has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
Treasury of Scripture

In my ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.

in mine ears, said. or. This is in mine ears, saith, etc.

Isaiah 22:14 And it was revealed in my ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this …

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals his secret to …

of a truth, etc. Heb. if not many houses desolate, etc.
desolate

Isaiah 5:6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor dig; but there …

Isaiah 27:10 Yet the defended city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, …

2 Chronicles 36:21 To fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the …

Amos 5:11 For as much therefore as your treading is on the poor, and you take …

Amos 6:11 For, behold, the LORD commands, and he will smite the great house …

Matthew 22:7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth …

Matthew 23:38 Behold, your house is left to you desolate.

(9) In mine ears said the Lord.--The italics show that there is no verb in the Hebrew, the text, if it be correct, giving the emphasis of abruptness; but it is rightly supplied in the Authorised Version. The sentence that follows is one of a righteous retribution: There shall be no profit or permanence in the property thus unjustly gained.

Verse 9. - Either something has fallen out in the first clause of this verse, or there is a most unusual ellipse of the verb "said" which our translators have supplied, very properly. There seems to be nothing emphatic in the words, "on mine ears" (see Isaiah 22:14; Ezekiel 9:1, 5; Ezekiel 10:13). Many houses shall be desolate. The greed of adding house to house will be punished by the death of those who have so sinned, and the extinction of their families, either through war, or through a more direct divine judgment. In mine ears, said the Lord of hosts,.... This may be understood either of the ears of the Lord of hosts, into which came the cry of the sins of covetousness and ambition before mentioned; these were taken notice of by the Lord, and he was determined to punish them; or of the ears of the prophet, in whose hearing the Lord said what follows: so the Targum,

"the prophet said, with mine ears I have heard, when this was decreed from before the Lord of hosts:''

of a truth many houses shall be desolate; or "great" ones (z); such as the houses of the king, of the princes, and nobles, judges, counsellors, and great men of the earth; not only the house of God, the temple, but a multitude of houses in Jerusalem and elsewhere; which was true not only at the taking of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans, but at the destruction of it by the Romans, to which this prophecy belongs, Matthew 23:38 the words are a strong asseveration, and in the form of an oath, as Jarchi and Kimchi observe; , "if not"; if many houses are not left desolate, let it be so or so, I swear they shall:

even great and fair, without inhabitants: houses of large and beautiful building shall be laid in such a ruinous condition, that they will not be fit for any to dwell in, nor shall any dwell in them: and this is the judgment upon them for joining house to house; that for laying field to field follows.

(z) "domus magnificae, sive sumptuosae", Vatablus. 9. In mine ears … the Lord—namely, has revealed it, as in Isa 22:14.

desolate—literally, "a desolation," namely, on account of the national sins.

great and fair—houses.5:8-23 Here is a woe to those who set their hearts on the wealth of the world. Not that it is sinful for those who have a house and a field to purchase another; but the fault is, that they never know when they have enough. Covetousness is idolatry; and while many envy the prosperous, wretched man, the Lord denounces awful woes upon him. How applicable to many among us! God has many ways to empty the most populous cities. Those who set their hearts upon the world, will justly be disappointed. Here is woe to those who dote upon the pleasures and the delights of sense. The use of music is lawful; but when it draws away the heart from God, then it becomes a sin to us. God's judgments have seized them, but they will not disturb themselves in their pleasures. The judgments are declared. Let a man be ever so high, death will bring him low; ever so mean, death will bring him lower. The fruit of these judgments shall be, that God will be glorified as a God of power. Also, as a God that is holy; he shall be owned and declared to be so, in the righteous punishment of proud men. Those are in a woful condition who set up sin, and who exert themselves to gratify their base lusts. They are daring in sin, and walk after their own lusts; it is in scorn that they call God the Holy One of Israel. They confound and overthrow distinctions between good and evil. They prefer their own reasonings to Divine revelations; their own devices to the counsels and commands of God. They deem it prudent and politic to continue profitable sins, and to neglect self-denying duties. Also, how light soever men make of drunkenness, it is a sin which lays open to the wrath and curse of God. Their judges perverted justice. Every sin needs some other to conceal it.
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