Isaiah 51:19
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New International Version
These double calamities have come upon you-- who can comfort you?-- ruin and destruction, famine and sword-- who can console you?

New Living Translation
These two calamities have fallen on you: desolation and destruction, famine and war. And who is left to sympathize with you? Who is left to comfort you?

English Standard Version
These two things have happened to you— who will console you?— devastation and destruction, famine and sword; who will comfort you?

New American Standard Bible
These two things have befallen you; Who will mourn for you? The devastation and destruction, famine and sword; How shall I comfort you?

King James Bible
These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
These two things have happened to you: devastation and destruction, famine and sword. Who will grieve for you? How can I comfort you?

International Standard Version
"These twin things have come upon you (who can feel sorry for you?): ruin and destruction, famine and the sword— who can console you?

NET Bible
These double disasters confronted you. But who feels sorry for you? Destruction and devastation, famine and sword. But who consoles you?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Twice as many disasters have happened to you. Who will feel sorry for you? Violence, destruction, famine, and war have happened to you. Who will comfort you?

Jubilee Bible 2000
These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword. Who shall comfort thee?

King James 2000 Bible
These two things have come unto you; who shall be sorry for you? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort you?

American King James Version
These two things are come to you; who shall be sorry for you? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort you?

American Standard Version
These two things are befallen thee, who shall bemoan thee? desolation and destruction, and the famine and the sword; how shall I comfort thee?

Douay-Rheims Bible
There are two things that have happened to thee: who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword, who shall comfort thee?

Darby Bible Translation
These two [things] are come unto thee; who will bemoan thee? -- desolation and destruction, and famine and sword: how shall I comfort thee?

English Revised Version
These two things are befallen thee; who shall bemoan thee? desolation and destruction, and the famine and the sword; how shall I comfort thee?

Webster's Bible Translation
These two things have come to thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee?

World English Bible
These two things have happened to you. Who will bemoan you? Desolation and destruction, and the famine and the sword; how shall I comfort you?

Young's Literal Translation
These two are meeting thee, who is moved for thee? Spoiling and destruction -- Famine and sword, who -- I comfort thee?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

51:17-23 God calls upon his people to mind the things that belong to their everlasting peace. Jerusalem had provoked God, and was made to taste the bitter fruits. Those who should have been her comforters, were their own tormentors. They have no patience by which to keep possesion of their own souls, nor any confidence in God's promise, by which to keep possession of its comfort. Thou art drunken, not as formerly, with the intoxicating cup of Babylon's idolatries, but with the cup of affliction. Know, then, the cause of God's people may for a time seem as lost, but God will protect it, by convincing the conscience, or confounding the projects, of those that strive against it. The oppressors required souls to be subjected to them, that every man should believe and worship as they would have them. But all they could gain by violence was, that people were brought to outward hypocritical conformity, for consciences cannot be forced.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - These two things. What are the "two things," it is asked, since four are mentioned - desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword? The right answer seems to be that of Aben Ezra and Kimchi, that the two things are "desolation," or rather "wasting" within, produced by "famine;" and "destruction" without, produced by "the sword." Who shall be sorry for thee? rather, who will mourn with thee? Jerusalem is without friends; no man condoles with her over her misfortunes. God alone feels compassion; but even he scarce knows how to comfort. By whom? rather, how? (comp. Amos 7:2, 5).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

These two things are come unto thee,.... Affliction from the hand of God, though by means of enemies, and no friends to help, support, and comfort, as before hinted: or else this respects what follows, after it is said,

who shall be sorry for thee? lament or bemoan thee? they of the earth will rejoice and be glad, and others will not dare to show any concern outwardly, whatever inward grief may be in their breasts, Revelation 11:10,

desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword; which may be the two things before mentioned, for though there are four words, they are reducible to two things, desolation, which is the sword, and by it, and destruction, which is the famine, and comes by that, as Kimchi observes: or the words may be rendered thus, "desolation, and destruction, even the famine and the sword"; so that there is no need of making these things four, and of considering them as distinct from the other two, as the Targum makes them, which paraphrases the whole thus,

"two tribulations come upon thee, O Jerusalem, thou canst not arise; when four shall come upon thee, spoiling and breach, and the famine and the sword, there shall be none to comfort thee but I.''

All this was literally true of Jerusalem, both at the destruction of it by the Chaldeans and by the Romans, and will be mystically true of the church at the slaying of the witnesses by the sword of antichrist; when there will be a famine, not of bread, nor of water, but of hearing the word of the Lord; and which will bring great devastation and desolation on the interest of Christ:

by whom shall I comfort thee? there being no ministry of the word, nor administration of the ordinances, the usual means of comfort, the witnesses being slain; see Lamentations 1:9.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. two—classes of evils, for he enumerates four, namely, desolation and destruction to the land and state; famine and the sword to the people.

who shall be sorry for thee—so as to give thee effectual relief: as the parallel clause, "By whom shall I comfort thee?" shows (La 2:11-13).

Isaiah 51:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Cup of Wrath
18There is none to guide her among all the sons she has borne, Nor is there one to take her by the hand among all the sons she has reared. 19These two things have befallen you; Who will mourn for you? The devastation and destruction, famine and sword; How shall I comfort you? 20Your sons have fainted, They lie helpless at the head of every street, Like an antelope in a net, Full of the wrath of the LORD, The rebuke of your God.…
Cross References
Isaiah 8:21
Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God.

Isaiah 9:20
On the right they will devour, but still be hungry; on the left they will eat, but not be satisfied. Each will feed on the flesh of their own offspring:

Isaiah 14:30
The poorest of the poor will find pasture, and the needy will lie down in safety. But your root I will destroy by famine; it will slay your survivors.

Isaiah 54:11
"Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with lapis lazuli.

Isaiah 60:18
No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.

Jeremiah 15:5
"Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem? Who will mourn for you? Who will stop to ask how you are?

Jeremiah 24:10
I will send the sword, famine and plague against them until they are destroyed from the land I gave to them and their ancestors.'"

Nahum 3:7
All who see you will flee from you and say, 'Nineveh is in ruins--who will mourn for her?' Where can I find anyone to comfort you?"
Treasury of Scripture

These two things are come to you; who shall be sorry for you? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort you?

two things

Isaiah 47:9 But these two things shall come to you in a moment in one day, the …

Ezekiel 14:21 For thus said the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore …

are come. Heb. happened. who shall

Job 2:11 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come …

Psalm 69:20 Reproach has broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked …

Jeremiah 9:17-21 Thus said the LORD of hosts, Consider you, and call for the mourning …

Lamentations 1:9,12,17 Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembers not her last end; …

Amos 7:2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the …

destruction. Heb. breaking, by whom

Isaiah 22:4 Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labor …

Isaiah 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance …

Job 42:11 Then came there to him all his brothers, and all his sisters, and …

Ecclesiastes 4:1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under …

Lamentations 1:16 For these things I weep; my eye, my eye runs down with water, because …

Amos 7:2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the …

2 Corinthians 7:6,7,13 Nevertheless God, that comforts those that are cast down, comforted …

2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which …

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