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?

New Heart 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?

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?

JPS Tanakh 1917
These two things are befallen thee; Who shall bemoan thee? Desolation and destruction, And the famine and the sword; How shall I comfort thee?

New American Standard 1977
These two things have befallen you;
            Who will mourn for you?
            The devastation and destruction, famine and sword;
            How shall I 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?
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
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
They will pass through the land hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse their king and their God as they face upward.

Isaiah 9:20
They slice off what is on the right hand but still are hungry, And they eat what is on the left hand but they are not satisfied; Each of them eats the flesh of his own arm.

Isaiah 14:30
"Those who are most helpless will eat, And the needy will lie down in security; I will destroy your root with famine, And it will kill off your survivors.

Isaiah 54:11
"O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, Behold, I will set your stones in antimony, And your foundations I will lay in sapphires.

Isaiah 60:18
"Violence will not be heard again in your land, Nor devastation or destruction within your borders; But you will call your walls salvation, and your gates praise.

Jeremiah 15:5
"Indeed, who will have pity on you, O Jerusalem, Or who will mourn for you, Or who will turn aside to ask about your welfare?

Jeremiah 24:10
'I will send the sword, the famine and the pestilence upon them until they are destroyed from the land which I gave to them and their forefathers.'"

Nahum 3:7
"And it will come about that all who see you Will shrink from you and say, 'Nineveh is devastated! Who will grieve for her?' Where will I seek comforters for 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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