Isaiah 50:3
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New International Version
I clothe the heavens with darkness and make sackcloth its covering."

New Living Translation
I dress the skies in darkness, covering them with clothes of mourning."

English Standard Version
I clothe the heavens with blackness and make sackcloth their covering.”

New American Standard Bible
"I clothe the heavens with blackness And make sackcloth their covering."

King James Bible
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I dress the heavens in black and make sackcloth their clothing.

International Standard Version
I clothe the skies with darkness and make sackcloth their covering."

NET Bible
I can clothe the sky in darkness; I can cover it with sackcloth."

New Heart English Bible
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I clothe the heavens in darkness and cover them with sackcloth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I clothe the heavens with blackness, And I make sackcloth their covering.

New American Standard 1977
“I clothe the heavens with blackness,
            And I make sackcloth their covering.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

King James 2000 Bible
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

American King James Version
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

American Standard Version
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will clothe the heavens with darkness, and will make sackcloth their covering.

Darby Bible Translation
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

English Revised Version
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

Webster's Bible Translation
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

World English Bible
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering."

Young's Literal Translation
I clothe the heavens with blackness, And sackcloth I make their covering.
Study Bible
Israel's Sin
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. 3"I clothe the heavens with blackness And make sackcloth their covering." 4The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.…
Cross References
Revelation 6:12
And when I saw the Lamb open the sixth seal, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black like sackcloth of goat hair, and the whole moon turned blood red,

Isaiah 13:10
For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flash forth their light; The sun will be dark when it rises And the moon will not shed its light.

Jeremiah 4:28
"For this the earth shall mourn And the heavens above be dark, Because I have spoken, I have purposed, And I will not change My mind, nor will I turn from it."
Treasury of Scripture

I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

Exodus 10:21 And the LORD said to Moses, Stretch out your hand toward heaven, …

Psalm 18:11,12 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were …

Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land to the ninth hour.

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

Verse 3. - I clothe the heavens with blackness (comp. Jeremiah 4:28; Ezekiel 32:7, 8; Joel 2:10; Joel 3:15; Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:24; Luke 21:25; Revelation 6:12). The Egyptian plague of darkness (Exodus 10:21-23) is not adequate to the expressions here used. God means to assert his power of leaving all nature in absolute darkness, if he so choose - a power necessarily belonging to him who said, "Let there be light; and there was light" (Genesis 1:3). I make sackcloth their covering (see Revelation 6:12, "The sun became black as sackcloth of hair"). I clothe the heavens with blackness,.... With gross and thick darkness; perhaps referring to the three days' darkness the Egyptians were in, Exodus 10:12, or with thick and black clouds, as in tempestuous weather frequently; or by eclipses of the sun; there was an extraordinary instance of great darkness at the time of Christ's crucifixion, Matthew 27:45.

and I make sackcloth their covering; that being black, and used in times of mourning; the allusion may be to the tents of Kedar, which were covered with sackcloth, or such like black stuff. The fall of the Pagan empire, through the power of Christ and his Gospel, is signified by the sun becoming black as sackcloth of hair, Revelation 6:12. Jarchi interprets this parabolically of the princes of the nations, when the Lord shall come to take vengeance upon them; as Kimchi does the sea, and the rivers, in the preceding verse, of the good things of the nations of the world, which they had in great abundance, and should be destroyed. 3. heavens … blackness—another of the judgments on Egypt to be repeated hereafter on the last enemy of God's people (Ex 10:21).

sackcloth—(Re 6:12).50:1-3 Those who have professed to be people of God, and seem to be dealt severely with, are apt to complain, as if God had been hard with them. Here is an answer for such murmurings; God never deprived any of their advantages, except for their sins. The Jews were sent into Babylon for their idolatry, a sin which broke the covenant; and they were at last rejected for crucifying the Lord of glory. God called on them to leave their sins, and prevent their own ruin. Last of all, the Son came to his own, but his own received him not. When God calls men to happiness, and they will not answer, they are justly left to be miserable. To silence doubts concerning his power, proofs of it are given. The wonders which attended his sufferings and death, proclaimed that he was the Son of God, Mt 27:54.
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