Deuteronomy 28:38
New International Version
You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it.

New Living Translation
“You will plant much but harvest little, for locusts will eat your crops.

English Standard Version
You shall carry much seed into the field and shall gather in little, for the locust shall consume it.

Berean Study Bible
You will sow much seed in the field but harvest little, because the locusts will consume it.

King James Bible
Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.

New King James Version
“You shall carry much seed out to the field but gather little in, for the locust shall consume it.

New American Standard Bible
“You will bring out a great amount of seed to the field, but you will gather in little, because the locust will devour it.

NASB 1995
“You shall bring out much seed to the field but you will gather in little, for the locust will consume it.

NASB 1977
“You shall bring out much seed to the field but you shall gather in little, for the locust shall consume it.

Amplified Bible
“You will bring out a great quantity of seed to the field, but you will gather in little, because the locusts will consume it.

Christian Standard Bible
“You will sow much seed in the field but harvest little, because locusts will devour it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You will sow much seed in the field but harvest little, because locusts will devour it.

American Standard Version
Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather little in; for the locust shall consume it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You shall send out much seed in your field and you shall gather little because locusts will eat it.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou shalt carry forth much seed into the field, and thou shalt bring in little, because the locust shall devour it.

Contemporary English Version
You will plant a lot of seed, but gather a small harvest, because locusts will eat your crops.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt cast much seed into the ground, and gather little: because the locusts shall consume all.

English Revised Version
Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather little in; for the locust shall consume it.

Good News Translation
"You will plant plenty of seed, but reap only a small harvest, because the locusts will eat your crops.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You will plant many crops in your fields, but harvest little because locusts will destroy your crops.

International Standard Version
"You'll plant many seeds in a field, but your harvest will be small because the locust will consume it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather little in; for the locust shall consume it.

Literal Standard Version
You take much seed out into the field, and you gather little in, for the locust consumes it;

NET Bible
"You will take much seed to the field but gather little harvest, because locusts will consume it.

New Heart English Bible
You shall carry much seed out into the field, and shall gather little in; for the locust shall consume it.

World English Bible
You shall carry much seed out into the field, and shall gather little in; for the locust shall consume it.

Young's Literal Translation
'Much seed thou dost take out into the field, and little thou dost gather in, for the locust doth consume it;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Curses of Disobedience
37You will become an object of horror, scorn, and ridicule among all the nations to which the LORD will drive you. 38You will sow much seed in the field but harvest little, because the locusts will consume it. 39You will plant and cultivate vineyards, but will neither drink the wine nor gather the grapes, because worms will eat them.…

Cross References
Exodus 10:4
But if you refuse to let My people go, I will bring locusts into your territory tomorrow.

Exodus 10:14
The locusts swarmed across the land and settled over the entire territory of Egypt. Never before had there been so many locusts, and never again will there be.

Deuteronomy 28:42
Swarms of locusts will consume all your trees and the produce of your land.

1 Kings 8:37
When famine or plague comes upon the land, or blight or mildew or locusts or grasshoppers, or when their enemy besieges them in their cities, whatever plague or sickness may come,

Isaiah 5:10
For ten acres of vineyard will yield but a bath of wine, and a homer of seed only an ephah of grain."

Jeremiah 12:13
They have sown wheat but harvested thorns. They have exhausted themselves to no avail. Bear the shame of your harvest because of the fierce anger of the LORD."

Joel 1:4
What the devouring locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten; what the swarming locust has left, the young locust has eaten; and what the young locust has left, the destroying locust has eaten.


Treasury of Scripture

You shall carry much seed out into the field, and shall gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.

shalt carry

Isaiah 5:10
Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.

Micah 6:15
Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.

Haggai 1:6
Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

for the locust

Exodus 10:14,15
And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such…

Joel 1:4
That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.

Joel 2:3,25
A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them…









(38-42) These are the contrary to Deuteronomy 28:11; and Deuteronomy 28:44 is the contrary to Deuteronomy 28:12-13. From the order of the passage it might seem that these particular troubles were to come on Israel after their captivity. And perhaps it is not accidental that something very like a fulfilment of Deuteronomy 28:38-40 is found in Haggai 1:6-11. (Comp. also Isaiah 5:10, "Ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.") . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
You will sow
תּוֹצִ֣יא (tō·w·ṣî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

much
רַ֖ב (raḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7227: Much, many, great

seed
זֶ֥רַע (ze·ra‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2233: Seed, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity

in the field
הַשָּׂדֶ֑ה (haś·śā·ḏeh)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7704: Field, land

but harvest
תֶּאֱסֹ֔ף (te·’ĕ·sōp̄)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 622: To gather for, any purpose, to receive, take away, remove

little,
וּמְעַ֣ט (ū·mə·‘aṭ)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 4592: A little, fewness, a few

because
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

the locust
הָאַרְבֶּֽה׃ (hā·’ar·beh)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 697: (a kind of) locust

will consume it.
יַחְסְלֶ֖נּוּ (yaḥ·sə·len·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2628: To finish off, consume


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