Isaiah 19:6
New International Version
The canals will stink; the streams of Egypt will dwindle and dry up. The reeds and rushes will wither,

New Living Translation
The canals of the Nile will dry up, and the streams of Egypt will stink with rotting reeds and rushes.

English Standard Version
and its canals will become foul, and the branches of Egypt’s Nile will diminish and dry up, reeds and rushes will rot away.

Berean Study Bible
The canals will stink; the streams of Egypt will trickle and dry up; the reeds and rushes will wither.

King James Bible
And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.

New King James Version
The rivers will turn foul; The brooks of defense will be emptied and dried up; The reeds and rushes will wither.

New American Standard Bible
The canals will emit a stench, The streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up; The reeds and rushes will rot away.

NASB 1995
The canals will emit a stench, The streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up; The reeds and rushes will rot away.

NASB 1977
And the canals will emit a stench, The streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up; The reeds and rushes will rot away.

Amplified Bible
The canals will become foul-smelling, The streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up, The reeds and the rushes will rot away.

Christian Standard Bible
The channels will stink; they will dwindle, and Egypt’s canals will be parched. Reed and rush will wilt.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The channels will stink; they will dwindle, and Egypt’s canals will be parched. Reed and rush will die.

American Standard Version
And the rivers shall become foul; the streams of Egypt shall be diminished and dried up; the reeds and flags shall wither away.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they shall cut off the rivers and they shall diminish, and strong rivers shall lay waste the reeds and papyrus reed, and the papyri shall dry up

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the streams shall fail, and the canals of the river; and every reservoir of water shall be dried up, in every marsh also of reed and papyrus.

Contemporary English Version
Its streams will stink, Egypt will have no water, and the reeds and tall grass will dry up.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the rivers shall fail: the streams of the banks shall be diminished, and be dried up. The reed and the bulrush shall wither away.

English Revised Version
And the rivers shall stink; the streams of Egypt shall be minished and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither away.

Good News Translation
The channels of the river will stink as they slowly go dry. Reeds and rushes will wither,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The canals will stink. Egypt's streams will be emptied and dried up. The reeds and cattails will wither.

International Standard Version
The canals will stink, and the tributaries of Egypt will dwindle and dry up. Reeds and rushes will wither away.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the rivers shall become foul; The streams of Egypt shall be minished and dried up; The reeds and flags shall wither.

Literal Standard Version
And they have turned away the flowings, Brooks of the bulwark have been weak and dried up, Reed and flag have withered.

NET Bible
The canals will stink; the streams of Egypt will trickle and then dry up; the bulrushes and reeds will decay,

New Heart English Bible
The rivers will become foul. The streams of Egypt will be diminished and dried up. The reeds and flags will wither away.

World English Bible
The rivers will become foul. The streams of Egypt will be diminished and dried up. The reeds and flags will wither away.

Young's Literal Translation
And they have turned away the flowings, Weak and dried up have been brooks of the bulwark, Reed and flag have withered.

Additional Translations ...
Context
An Oracle Concerning Egypt
5The waters of the Nile will dry up, and the riverbed will be parched and empty. 6The canals will stink; the streams of Egypt will trickle and dry up; the reeds and rushes will wither. 7The bulrushes by the Nile, by the mouth of the river, and all the fields sown along the Nile, will wither, blow away, and be no more.…

Cross References
Genesis 41:2
when seven cows, sleek and well-fed, came up from the river and began to graze among the reeds.

Exodus 2:3
But when she could no longer hide him, she got him a papyrus basket and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in the basket and set it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.

Exodus 7:18
The fish in the Nile will die, the river will stink, and the Egyptians will be unable to drink its water.'"

2 Kings 19:24
I have dug wells and drunk foreign waters. With the soles of my feet I have dried up all the streams of Egypt."

Job 8:11
Does papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Do reeds flourish without water?

Isaiah 15:6
The waters of Nimrim are dried up, and the grass is withered; the vegetation is gone, and the greenery is no more.

Isaiah 37:25
I have dug wells and drunk foreign waters. With the soles of my feet I have dried up all the streams of Egypt."


Treasury of Scripture

And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defense shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.

and the

Isaiah 37:25
I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.

2 Kings 19:24
I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.

the reeds

Isaiah 18:2
That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!

Exodus 2:3
And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.

Job 8:11
Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?









(6) And they shall turn the rivers far away.--Better, the river shall stagnate; i.e., in consequence of the Nile's inundation failing.

The brooks of defence.--The latter noun (Heb., matzor) is better treated as a proper name, the singular of the dual form Mitsraim, commonly used for Egypt. Here it would seem to be used for Lower Egypt, the region of Zoan and Memphis, as distinct from Upper Egypt or the Thebaid. The same form occurs in Isaiah 37:25; 2Kings 19:24; Micah 7:12. Its primary meaning is that of a fortified land. The "flags" are strictly the papyrus of the Nile; the "brooks" are the canals or Nile-branches of the Delta.

Verse 6. - And they shall turn the rivers far away; rather, and the rivers shall stagnate (Cheyne). Probably the canals are intended, as in Exodus 7:19 (see 'Pulpit Commentary,' ad loc.). The brooks of defense shall be emptied. Some render this "brooks of Egypt," regarding matsor as here used for "Mitsraim;" but our translation is more forcible, and may well stand. The "brooks of defense" are those which had hitherto formed the moats round walled cities (comp. Isaiah 37:25; Nahum 3:8). The reeds and flags shall wither. Reeds, flags, rushes, and water-plants of all kinds abound in the backwaters of the Nile, and the numerous ponds and marshes connected with its overflow (see the 'Pulpit Commentary' on Exodus 2:3, p. 24). These forms of vegetation would be the first to wither on the occurrence of a deficient inundation.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The canals
נְהָר֔וֹת (nə·hā·rō·wṯ)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5104: A stream, prosperity

will stink;
וְהֶאֶזְנִ֣יחוּ (wə·he·’ez·nî·ḥū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 2186: Reject, forsake, fail

the streams
יְאֹרֵ֣י (yə·’ō·rê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 2975: Nile -- a channel, a fosse, canal, shaft, the Nile, the Tigris

of Egypt
מָצ֑וֹר (mā·ṣō·wr)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 4693: Egypt -- a country Southwest of the Red Sea

will trickle
דָּלֲל֥וּ (dā·lă·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1809: To slacken, be feeble, to be oppressed

and dry up;
וְחָרְב֖וּ (wə·ḥā·rə·ḇū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 2717: To parch, to desolate, destroy, kill

the reeds
קָנֶ֥ה (qā·neh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7070: A reed, a, rod, shaft, tube, stem, the radius, beam

and rushes
וָס֖וּף (wā·sūp̄)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5488: A reed, the papyrus

will wither.
קָמֵֽלוּ׃ (qā·mê·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7060: To be decayed


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