Isaiah 9:16
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New International Version
Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray.

New Living Translation
For the leaders of the people have misled them. They have led them down the path of destruction.

English Standard Version
for those who guide this people have been leading them astray, and those who are guided by them are swallowed up.

New American Standard Bible
For those who guide this people are leading them astray; And those who are guided by them are brought to confusion.

King James Bible
For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The leaders of the people mislead them, and those they mislead are swallowed up.

International Standard Version
For those who guide this people have been leading them astray, and those who are guided by them are swallowed up.

NET Bible
The leaders of this nation were misleading people, and the people being led were destroyed.

New Heart English Bible
For those who lead this people lead them astray; and those who are led by them are destroyed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who guide these people lead them astray. Those who are guided by them will be destroyed.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For they that lead this people cause them to err; And they that are led of them are destroyed.

New American Standard 1977
For those who guide this people are leading them astray;
            And those who are guided by them are brought to confusion.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the governors of this people are deceivers, and those who are governed by them are lost.

King James 2000 Bible
For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led by them are destroyed.

American King James Version
For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

American Standard Version
For they that lead this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they that call this people blessed, shall cause them to err: and they that are called blessed, shall be thrown down headlong.

Darby Bible Translation
For the guides of this people mislead [them]; and they that are guided by them are swallowed up.

English Revised Version
For they that lead this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led by them are destroyed.

World English Bible
For those who lead this people lead them astray; and those who are led by them are destroyed.

Young's Literal Translation
And the eulogists of this people are causing to err, And its eulogised ones are consumed.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:8-21 Those are ripening apace for ruin, whose hearts are unhumbled under humbling providences. For that which God designs, in smiting us, is, to turn us to himself; and if this point be not gained by lesser judgments, greater may be expected. The leaders of the people misled them. We have reason to be afraid of those that speak well of us, when we do ill. Wickedness was universal, all were infected with it. They shall be in trouble, and see no way out; and when men's ways displease the Lord, he makes even their friends to be at war with them. God would take away those they thought to have help from. Their rulers were the head. Their false prophets were the tail and the rush, the most despicable. In these civil contests, men preyed on near relations who were as their own flesh. The people turn not to Him who smites them, therefore he continues to smite: for when God judges, he will overcome; and the proudest, stoutest sinner shall either bend or break.
Study Bible
Judgment against Israel's Hypocrisy
15The head is the elder and honorable man, And the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail. 16For those who guide this people are leading them astray; And those who are guided by them are brought to confusion. 17Therefore the Lord does not take pleasure in their young men, Nor does He have pity on their orphans or their widows; For every one of them is godless and an evildoer, And every mouth is speaking foolishness. In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away And His hand is still stretched out.…
Cross References
Matthew 15:14
Disregard them! They are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit."

Matthew 23:16
Woe to you, blind guides! You say, 'If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.'

Matthew 23:24
You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

Isaiah 3:12
O My people! Their oppressors are children, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray And confuse the direction of your paths.

Isaiah 19:14
The LORD has mixed within her a spirit of distortion; They have led Egypt astray in all that it does, As a drunken man staggers in his vomit.

Jeremiah 23:13
"Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an offensive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led My people Israel astray.

Amos 2:4
Thus says the LORD, "For three transgressions of Judah and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they rejected the law of the LORD And have not kept His statutes; Their lies also have led them astray, Those after which their fathers walked.

Micah 3:5
Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead my people astray; When they have something to bite with their teeth, They cry, "Peace," But against him who puts nothing in their mouths They declare holy war.
Treasury of Scripture

For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

the leaders, etc. or, they that call them blessed

Isaiah 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over …

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind …

Matthew 23:16 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the …

led of them. or, called blessed of them

Numbers 6:23-26 Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, On this wise you shall bless …

1 Kings 8:55,56 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud …

2 Chronicles 30:27 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their …

Hebrews 7:7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

destroyed. Heb. swallowed up

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