Daniel 2:43
New International Version
And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.

New Living Translation
This mixture of iron and clay also shows that these kingdoms will try to strengthen themselves by forming alliances with each other through intermarriage. But they will not hold together, just as iron and clay do not mix.

English Standard Version
As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay.

Berean Study Bible
As you saw the iron mixed with clay, so the peoples will mix with one another, but will not hold together any more than iron mixes with clay.

King James Bible
And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

New King James Version
As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.

New American Standard Bible
In that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in their descendants; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not combine with pottery.

NASB 1995
“And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.

NASB 1977
“And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.

Amplified Bible
And as you saw the iron mixed with common clay, so they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not merge [for such diverse things or ideologies cannot unite], even as iron does not mix with clay.

Christian Standard Bible
You saw the iron mixed with clay—the peoples will mix with one another but will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with fired clay.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You saw the iron mixed with clay—the peoples will mix with one another but will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with fired clay.”

American Standard Version
And whereas thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men; but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron doth not mingle with clay.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And because you saw iron that was mixed with earth of clay, in this way they will be mixed with the seed of man, and they shall not be joined to one another, as iron does not mix with clay

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Whereas thou sawest the iron mixed with earthenware, they shall be mingled with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave together, as the iron does not mix itself with earthenware.

Contemporary English Version
This kingdom will be the result of a marriage between kingdoms, but it will crumble, just as iron and clay don't stick together.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And whereas thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall be mingled indeed together with the seed of man, but they shall not stick fast one to another, as iron cannot be mixed with clay.

English Revised Version
And whereas thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men; but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron doth not mingle with clay.

Good News Translation
You also saw that the iron was mixed with the clay. This means that the rulers of that empire will try to unite their families by intermarriage, but they will not be able to, any more than iron can mix with clay.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As you saw, iron was mixed with clay. So the two parts of the kingdom will mix by intermarrying, but they will not hold together any more than iron can mix with clay.

International Standard Version
Just as you saw iron mixed with clay, so they will mix themselves with human offspring. Furthermore, they won't remain together, just as iron doesn't mix with clay.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And whereas thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves by the seed of men; but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron doth not mingle with clay.

Literal Standard Version
Because you have seen iron mixed with miry clay, they are mixing themselves with the seed of men: and they are not adhering with one another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

NET Bible
And in that you saw iron mixed with wet clay, so people will be mixed with one another without adhering to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.

New Heart English Bible
And whereas you saw the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mix with one another but they shall not hold together, even as iron does not mix with clay.

World English Bible
Whereas you saw the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men; but they shall not cling to one another, even as iron does not mingle with clay.

Young's Literal Translation
Because thou hast seen iron mixed with miry clay, they are mixing themselves with the seed of men: and they are not adhering one with another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Daniel Interprets the Dream
42And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43As you saw the iron mixed with clay, so the peoples will mix with one another, but will not hold together any more than iron mixes with clay. 44In the days of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will shatter all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, but will itself stand forever.…

Cross References
Daniel 2:42
And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle.

Daniel 2:44
In the days of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will shatter all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, but will itself stand forever.


Treasury of Scripture

And whereas you saw iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not join one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

one to another.









(43) Seed of men.--The great obscurity of this verse is partially cleared by a reference to Jeremiah 31:27. Daniel appears to be contrasting what man is endeavouring to accomplish by his own efforts with that which the God of heaven (Daniel 2:44) will carry out. Man will form his plans for uniting the discordant parts of this empire, by encouraging marriages between the royal families that rule the various component kingdoms. (Comp. Daniel 11:6; Daniel 11:17, Notes.)



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
As you saw
חֲזַ֗יְתָ (ḥă·zay·ṯā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 2370: To gaze upon, mentally to dream, be usual

the iron
פַּרְזְלָא֙ (par·zə·lā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's 6523: Iron

mixed
מְעָרַב֙ (mə·‘ā·raḇ)
Verb - Piel - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's 6151: To commingle

with clay,
בַּחֲסַ֣ף (ba·ḥă·sap̄)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2635: Clay, potsherd

so the peoples
בִּזְרַ֣ע (biz·ra‘)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2234: Posterity

will mix with one another,
מִתְעָרְבִ֤ין (miṯ·‘ā·rə·ḇîn)
Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 6151: To commingle

but will not
וְלָֽא־ (wə·lā-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3809: Not, no

hold together
דָּבְקִ֖ין (dā·ḇə·qîn)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 1693: To stick to

any more than
וְדִ֣י (wə·ḏî)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - relative
Strong's 1768: Who, which, that, because

iron
פַרְזְלָ֔א (p̄ar·zə·lā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's 6523: Iron

mixes
מִתְעָרַ֖ב (miṯ·‘ā·raḇ)
Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 6151: To commingle

with
עִם־ (‘im-)
Preposition
Strong's 5974: With, equally with

clay.
חַסְפָּֽא׃ (ḥas·pā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's 2635: Clay, potsherd


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