Jeremiah 49:35
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New International Version
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "See, I will break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might.

New Living Translation
This is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies says: "I will destroy the archers of Elam--the best of their forces.

English Standard Version
Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might.

New American Standard Bible
"Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'Behold, I am going to break the bow of Elam, The finest of their might.

King James Bible
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is what the LORD of Hosts says: I am about to shatter Elam's bow, the source of their might.

International Standard Version
This is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies says: "Look, I'm going to break the bow of Elam, the finest of their troops.

NET Bible
The LORD who rules over all said, "I will kill all the archers of Elam, who are the chief source of her military might.

New Heart English Bible
"Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Look, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what the LORD of Armies says: I'm going to break the bows of Elam's archers, the most important weapon of their strength.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thus saith the LORD of hosts: Behold, I will break the bow of Elam The chief of their might.

New American Standard 1977
“Thus says the LORD of hosts,
            ‘Behold, I am going to break the bow of Elam,
            The finest of their might.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thus hath the LORD of the hosts said: Behold, I break the bow of Elam, the foundation of their might.

King James 2000 Bible
Thus says the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.

American King James Version
Thus said the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.

American Standard Version
Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Behold I will break the bow of Elam, and their chief strength.

Darby Bible Translation
Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.

English Revised Version
Thus saith the LORD of hosts: Behold, I will break the bow of Elam; the chief of their might.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.

World English Bible
Thus says Yahweh of Armies: Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.

Young's Literal Translation
'Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: Lo, I am breaking the bow of Elam, The beginning of their might.
Study Bible
The Judgment on Elam
34That which came as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying: 35"Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'Behold, I am going to break the bow of Elam, The finest of their might. 36'I will bring upon Elam the four winds From the four ends of heaven, And will scatter them to all these winds; And there will be no nation To which the outcasts of Elam will not go.…
Cross References
Psalm 46:9
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire.

Isaiah 22:6
Elam took up the quiver With the chariots, infantry and horsemen; And Kir uncovered the shield.

Jeremiah 51:56
For the destroyer is coming against her, against Babylon, And her mighty men will be captured, Their bows are shattered; For the LORD is a God of recompense, He will fully repay.

Hosea 1:5
"On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel."
Treasury of Scripture

Thus said the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.

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Jeremiah 50:14,29 Put yourselves in array against Babylon round about: all you that …

Jeremiah 51:56 Because the spoiler is come on her, even on Babylon, and her mighty …

Psalm 46:9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, …

Isaiah 22:6 And Elam bore the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir …

the bow Strabo says that the mountainous part of Ely-mais chiefly bred archers; and Livy speaks of Elymaei sagittarii, `the Elymean archers.'

(35) I will break the bow of Elam.--As in Isaiah 22:6; Herod. vii. 61, Elam was conspicuous for its archers. We are reminded of the account which Herodotus gives (ii. 136) of the three things taught to the youth of Persia--to ride, to draw the bow, and to speak the truth. This weapon was "the chief of their might."

Verse 35. - The bow of Elam. So Isaiah in prophetic vision, "And Elam bare the quiver" (Isaiah 22:6). Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I will break the bow of Elam,.... The inhabitants of this country were famous for their skill in archery; See Gill on Isaiah 22:6; this the Lord threatens to break, so that it, should be useless, and of no more service to them to defend themselves, or annoy others. Their strength, as the Targum; that in which their great strength and security lay; in which they put their trust and confidence, as follows:

the chief of their might; which may be interpreted, by way of apposition, of their bow, the chief instrument of their might and power; or may design their mighty men, the archers themselves, who should be destroyed, even Elam itself, and all the inhabitants of it; especially their warriors, who should be slain or carried captive. 35. bow—Elam was famed for its bowmen (Isa 22:6).

chief of their might—in opposition to "bow," that is, bowmen, who constituted their main strength.49:34-39 The Elamites were the Persians; they acted against God's Israel, and must be reckoned with. Evil pursues sinners. God will make them know that he reigns. Yet the destruction of Elam shall not be for ever. But this promise was to have its full accomplishment in the days of the Messiah. In reading the Divine assurance of the destruction of all the enemies of the church, the believer sees that the issue of the holy war is not doubtful. It is blessed to recollect, that He who is for us, is more than all against us. And he will subdue the enemies of our souls.
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