Isaiah 14:30
New International Version
The poorest of the poor will find pasture, and the needy will lie down in safety. But your root I will destroy by famine; it will slay your survivors.

New Living Translation
I will feed the poor in my pasture; the needy will lie down in peace. But as for you, I will wipe you out with famine and destroy the few who remain.

English Standard Version
And the firstborn of the poor will graze, and the needy lie down in safety; but I will kill your root with famine, and your remnant it will slay.

Berean Study Bible
Then the firstborn of the poor will find pasture, and the needy will lie down in safety, but I will kill your root by famine, and your remnant will be slain.

New American Standard Bible
"Those who are most helpless will eat, And the needy will lie down in security; I will destroy your root with famine, And it will kill off your survivors.

New King James Version
The firstborn of the poor will feed, And the needy will lie down in safety; I will kill your roots with famine, And it will slay your remnant.

King James Bible
And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.

Christian Standard Bible
Then the firstborn of the poor will be well fed, and the impoverished will lie down in safety, but I will kill your root with hunger, and your remnant will be slain.

Contemporary English Version
The poor and needy will find pastures for their sheep and will live in safety. But I will starve some of you, and others will be killed.

Good News Translation
The LORD will be a shepherd to the poor of his people and will let them live in safety. But he will send a terrible famine on you Philistines, and it will not leave any of you alive.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the firstborn of the poor will be well fed, and the impoverished will lie down in safety, but I will kill your root with hunger, and your remnant will be slain.

International Standard Version
The firstborn of the poor will find pasture, and the needy will lie down in safety; but I'll kill your root by famine, and I'll execute your survivors.

NET Bible
The poor will graze in my pastures; the needy will rest securely. But I will kill your root by famine; it will put to death all your survivors.

New Heart English Bible
The firstborn of the poor will eat, and the needy will lie down in safety; and I will kill your root with famine, and your remnant will be killed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The poorest of the poor will eat, and the needy will lie down in safety. But I will put your root to death with famine and kill off your survivors.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the first-born of the poor shall feed, And the needy shall lie down in safety; And I will kill thy root with famine, And thy remnant shall be slain.

New American Standard 1977
“And those who are most helpless will eat, And the needy will lie down in security; I will destroy your root with famine, And it will kill off your survivors.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the firstborn of the poor shall be fed, and the needy shall lie down in safety; and I will cause thy root to die of famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.

King James 2000 Bible
And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill your root with famine, and he shall slay your remnant.

American King James Version
And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill your root with famine, and he shall slay your remnant.

American Standard Version
And the first-born of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety; and I will kill thy root with famine, and thy remnant shall be slain.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the poor shall be fed by him, and poor men shall rest in peace: but he shall destroy thy seed with hunger, and shall destroy thy remnant.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the firstborn of the poor shall be fed, and the poor shall rest with confidence: and I will make thy root perish with famine, and I will kill thy remnant.

Darby Bible Translation
And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety; but I will kill thy root with famine, and thy remnant shall be slain.

English Revised Version
And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and thy remnant shall be slain.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the first-born of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.

World English Bible
The firstborn of the poor will eat, and the needy will lie down in safety; and I will kill your root with famine, and your remnant will be killed.

Young's Literal Translation
And delighted have the first-born of the poor, And the needy in confidence lie down, And I have put to death with famine thy root, And thy remnant it slayeth.
Study Bible
Philistia will be Destroyed
29Do not rejoice, all you Philistines, that the rod that struck you is broken. For a viper will spring from the root of the snake, and a flying serpent from its egg. 30Then the firstborn of the poor will find pasture, and the needy will lie down in safety, but I will kill your root by famine, and your remnant will be slain. 31Wail, O gate! Cry out, O city! Melt away, all you Philistines! For a cloud of smoke comes from the north, and there are no stragglers in its ranks.…
Cross References
Isaiah 3:14
The LORD brings this charge against the elders and leaders of His people: "You have devoured the vineyard; the plunder of the poor is in your houses.

Isaiah 3:15
Why do you crush My people and grind the faces of the poor?" declares the Lord GOD of Hosts.

Isaiah 7:21
On that day a man will raise a young cow and two sheep,

Isaiah 7:22
and from the abundant milk they give, he will eat curds; for all who remain in the land will eat curds and honey.

Isaiah 8:21
They will roam the land, dejected and hungry. When they are famished, they will become enraged, and looking upward, they will curse their king and their God.

Isaiah 9:20
They carve out what is on the right, but they are still hungry; they have eaten what is on the left, but they are still not satisfied. Each one devours the flesh of his own arm.

Isaiah 11:4
but with righteousness He will judge the poor, and with equity He will decide in favor of the earth's oppressed. He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth and slay the wicked with the breath of His lips.

Isaiah 29:19
The humble will increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 51:19
These pairs have befallen you: devastation and destruction, famine and sword. Who will grieve for you? Who can comfort you?

Zephaniah 2:5
Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, O nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines: 'I will destroy you, and no one will be left.'

Zephaniah 3:12
But I will leave within you a meek and humble people, and they will trust in the name of the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill your root with famine, and he shall slay your remnant.

the firstborn

Job 18:13
It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.

the poor

Isaiah 5:17
Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.

Isaiah 7:21,22
And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep; …

Isaiah 30:23,24
Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures…

and I

Jeremiah 47:1
The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza.

Ezekiel 25:15-17
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred; …

Joel 3:4-8
Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head; …







Lexicon
Then the firstborn
בְּכוֹרֵ֣י (bə·ḵō·w·rê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1060: Firstborn, chief

of the poor
דַלִּ֔ים (ḏal·lîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1800: Dangling, weak, thin

will find pasture,
וְרָעוּ֙ (wə·rā·‘ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

and the needy
וְאֶבְיוֹנִ֖ים (wə·’eḇ·yō·w·nîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 34: In want, needy, poor

will lie down
יִרְבָּ֑צוּ (yir·bā·ṣū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7257: To crouch, be implication, to recline, repose, brood, lurk, imbed

in safety,
לָבֶ֣טַח (lā·ḇe·ṭaḥ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 983: A place of refuge, safety, safely

but I will kill
וְהֵמַתִּ֤י (wə·hê·mat·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4191: To die, to kill

your root
שָׁרְשֵׁ֔ךְ (šā·rə·šêḵ)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8328: A root

by famine,
בָֽרָעָב֙ (ḇā·rā·‘āḇ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7458: Famine, hunger

and your remnant
וּשְׁאֵרִיתֵ֖ךְ (ū·šə·’ê·rî·ṯêḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7611: Rest, residue, remnant, remainder

will be slain.
יַהֲרֹֽג׃ (ya·hă·rōḡ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2026: To smite with deadly intent
(30) And the firstborn of the poor shall feed.--As the "children of the needy" in Psalm 72:4 are simply the poor as a class, so the "firstborn" are those who, as it were, inherit the double portion, not of riches, but of poverty. (Comp. "the firstborn of death" in Job 18:13.) The people spoken of are those of Judah, which in the days of Ahaz had been "brought very low" (2Chronicles 28:19). For these the prophet foretells a time of plenty; not so for Philistia. Either through the sieges of their towns or the devastation of their fields, they would be reduced to the last extremities of famine. With them there should be no "remnant" to return.

Verse 30. - The firstborn of the poor shall feed. The "firstborn of the poor" are the very poor (Jarchi, Rosenmüller). The refer-once is to the poor Israelites, who will "feed" and "lie down in safety" when Philistia is held in subjection. I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant. God kills with famine, man with the sword (see 2 Samuel 24:13, 14). When the Philistines had resisted behind their strong walls till hunger had done its work by thinning their ranks, the Assyrian conqueror would storm their strongholds and slaughter "the remnant." 14:28-32 Assurance is given of the destruction of the Philistines and their power, by famine and war. Hezekiah would be more terrible to them than Uzziah had been. Instead of rejoicing, there would be lamentation, for the whole land would be ruined. Such destruction will come upon the proud and rebellious, but the Lord founded Zion for a refuge to poor sinners, who flee from the wrath to come, and trust in his mercy through Christ Jesus. Let us tell all around of our comforts and security, and exhort them to seek the same refuge and salvation.
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