Isaiah 64:10
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New International Version
Your sacred cities have become a wasteland; even Zion is a wasteland, Jerusalem a desolation.

New Living Translation
Your holy cities are destroyed. Zion is a wilderness; yes, Jerusalem is a desolate ruin.

English Standard Version
Your holy cities have become a wilderness; Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

New American Standard Bible
Your holy cities have become a wilderness, Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

King James Bible
Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your holy cities have become a wilderness; Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

International Standard Version
Your holy cities have become a desert; Zion has become like a desert, Jerusalem a desolation.

NET Bible
Your chosen cities have become a desert; Zion has become a desert, Jerusalem is a desolate ruin.

New Heart English Bible
Your holy cities have become a wilderness, Zion has become like a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your holy cities have become a desert. Zion has become a desert. Jerusalem is a wasteland.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy holy cities are become a wilderness, Zion is become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

New American Standard 1977
Thy holy cities have become a wilderness,
            Zion has become a wilderness,
            Jerusalem a desolation.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

King James 2000 Bible
Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

American King James Version
Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

American Standard Version
Thy holy cities are become a wilderness, Zion is become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The city of thy sanctuary is become a desert, Sion is made a desert, Jerusalem is desolate.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy holy cities are become a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

English Revised Version
Thy holy cities are become a wilderness, Zion is become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

World English Bible
Your holy cities are become a wilderness, Zion is become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

Young's Literal Translation
Thy holy cities have been a wilderness, Zion a wilderness hath been, Jerusalem a desolation.
Study Bible
Prayer for Illustration of God's Power
9Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD, Nor remember iniquity forever; Behold, look now, all of us are Your people. 10Your holy cities have become a wilderness, Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. 11Our holy and beautiful house, Where our fathers praised You, Has been burned by fire; And all our precious things have become a ruin.…
Cross References
Isaiah 1:7
Your land is desolate, Your cities are burned with fire, Your fields-- strangers are devouring them in your presence; It is desolation, as overthrown by strangers.

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 48:2
"For they call themselves after the holy city And lean on the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is His name.

Isaiah 52:1
Awake, awake, Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion; Clothe yourself in your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; For the uncircumcised and the unclean Will no longer come into you.

Jeremiah 52:13
He burned the house of the LORD, the king's house and all the houses of Jerusalem; even every large house he burned with fire.

Lamentations 1:10
The adversary has stretched out his hand Over all her precious things, For she has seen the nations enter her sanctuary, The ones whom You commanded That they should not enter into Your congregation.
Treasury of Scripture

Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

Isaiah 1:7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your …

2 Kings 25:9 And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all …

2 Chronicles 36:19-21 And they burnt the house of God, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, …

Psalm 79:1-7 O God, the heathen are come into your inheritance; your holy temple …

Lamentations 1:1-4 How does the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she …

Lamentations 2:4-8 He has bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as …

Lamentations 5:18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk on it.

Daniel 9:26,27 And after three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but …

Daniel 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was on the waters of …

Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem …

Luke 21:21,24 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let …

Revelation 11:1,2 And there was given me a reed like to a rod: and the angel stood, …

(10) Thy holy cities . . .--There is no other instance of the plural, and this probably led the LXX. and Vulg. to substitute the singular. It probably rests on the thought that the whole land was holy (Zechariah 2:12), and that this attribute extended, therefore, to all its cities, especially to those which were connected with historical memories. Possibly, however, Zion and Jerusalem--the former identified with the Temple, the latter with the people of Jehovah--are thought of as two distinct cities, locally united. The "wilderness" is, as elsewhere, rather open pasture-land than a sandy desert.

Verse 10. - Thy holy cities are a wilderness. Commonly Jerusalem stands alone as "the holy city" (Isaiah 48:2; Isaiah 56:1; Daniel 9:24; Nehemiah 11:1, 18); but here the epithet is applied to the cities of Judah generally. They were all in a certain sense "holy," as being comprised within the limits of "the holy land" (Zechariah 2:12) and "the holy border" (Psalm 78:54). Zion... Jerusalem (see the comment on Isaiah 62:1). Thy holy cities are a wilderness,.... Meaning either Zion, the city of David, and Jerusalem; the one called the upper, the other the lower city; now uninhabited, and a mere wilderness: or else the other cities of Judea, in which were formerly synagogues for religious service, and in which dwelt many godly families where the worship of God was kept up; but now a desert, at least quite devoid of true religion and godliness.

Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation; which are either explanative of the holy cities in the preceding clauses, or are mentioned as distinct from them; the account proceeding from the lesser to the metropolitan cities, which fared no better than they did, but equally lay desolate; and which fulfilled the prophecy in Micah 3:12 and was the case of those cities, at the destruction of them by Titus; and to this day are in a ruinous condition in the hands of the Turks. 10. holy cities—No city but Jerusalem is called "the holy city" (Isa 48:2; 52:1); the plural, therefore, refers to the upper and the lower parts of the same city Jerusalem [Vitringa]; or all Judea was holy to God, so its cities were deemed "holy" [Maurer]. But the parallelism favors Vitringa. Zion and Jerusalem (the one city) answering to "holy cities."64:6-12 The people of God, in affliction, confess and bewail their sins, owning themselves unworthy of his mercy. Sin is that abominable thing which the Lord hates. Our deeds, whatever they may seem to be, if we think to merit by them at God's hand, are as rags, and will not cover us; filthy rags, and will but defile us. Even our few good works in which there is real excellence, as fruits of the Spirit, are so defective and defiled as done by us, that they need to be washed in the fountain open for sin and uncleanness. It bodes ill when prayer is kept back. To pray, is by faith to take hold of the promises the Lord has made of his good-will to us, and to plead them; to take hold of him, earnestly begging him not to leave us; or soliciting his return. They brought their troubles upon themselves by their own folly. Sinners are blasted, and then carried away, by the wind of their own iniquity; it withers and then ruins them. When they made themselves as an unclean thing, no wonder that God loathed them. Foolish and careless as we are, poor and despised, yet still Thou art our Father. It is the wrath of a Father we are under, who will be reconciled; and the relief our case requires is expected only from him. They refer themselves to God. They do not say, Lord, rebuke us not, for that may be necessary; but, Not in thy displeasure. They state their lamentable condition. See what ruin sin brings upon a people; and an outward profession of holiness will be no defence against it. God's people presume not to tell him what he shall say, but their prayer is, Speak for the comfort and relief of thy people. How few call upon the Lord with their whole hearts, or stir themselves to lay hold upon him! God may delay for a time to answer our prayers, but he will, in the end, answer those who call on his name and hope in his mercy.
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