New International Version
Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow;
King James Bible
Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.
Darby Bible Translation
And they are diminished and brought low, through oppression, adversity, and sorrow:
World English Bible
Again, they are diminished and bowed down through oppression, trouble, and sorrow.
Young's Literal Translation
And they are diminished, and bow down, By restraint, evil, and sorrow.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Again, they are minished - Sometimes by war, or pestilence, or famine. How minished and brought low was the country already spoken of, by the long and destructive war which began in 1775, and was not ended till 1783! And what desolations, minishings, and ruin have been brought on the fertile empires of Europe by the war which commenced in 1792, and did not end till 1814! And how many millions of lives have been sacrificed in it, and souls sent unprepared into the eternal world! When God makes inquisition for blood, on whose heads will he find the blood of these slaughtered millions? Alas! O, alas!
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
again. The incidents detailed in these verses, which frequently occur, and mark the superintendence of a benign Providence, and the hand of a just God, appear to be brought forward to illustrate the return of the Israelites from captivity, and the punishment of their oppressors the Babylonians. Wherefore, at last, as in a common chorus, they conclude with exhorting each other to a serious consideration of these things, and to make a proper return to the Almighty.
LibraryMarch 12. "They Wandered in the Wilderness in a Solitary Way" (Ps. Cvii. 4).
"They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way" (Ps. cvii. 4). All who fight the Lord's battles must be content to die to all the favorable opinions of men and all the flattery of human praise. You cannot make an exception in favor of the good opinions of the children of God. It is very easy for the insidious adversary to make this also all appeal to the flesh. It is all right when God sends us the approval of our fellow men, but we must never make it a motive in our life, but be content with …
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2 Kings 10:32
In those days the LORD began to reduce the size of Israel. Hazael overpowered the Israelites throughout their territory
I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning.
We are brought down to the dust; our bodies cling to the ground.
They spread a net for my feet-- I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path-- but they have fallen into it themselves.
Therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your vile images and detestable practices, I myself will shave you; I will not look on you with pity or spare you.
It will be the lowliest of kingdoms and will never again exalt itself above the other nations. I will make it so weak that it will never again rule over the nations.
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