Isaiah 21:12
New International Version
The watchman replies, "Morning is coming, but also the night. If you would ask, then ask; and come back yet again."

New Living Translation
The watchman replies, "Morning is coming, but night will soon return. If you wish to ask again, then come back and ask."

English Standard Version
The watchman says: “Morning comes, and also the night. If you will inquire, inquire; come back again.”

Berean Study Bible
The watchman replies, “Morning has come, but also the night. If you would inquire, then inquire! Come back yet again.”

New American Standard Bible
The watchman says, "Morning comes but also night. If you would inquire, inquire; Come back again."

King James Bible
The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come.

Christian Standard Bible
The watchman said, "Morning has come, and also night. If you want to ask, ask! Come back again."

Contemporary English Version
From my guard post, I answered, "Morning will soon be here, but night will return. If you want to know more, come back later."

Good News Translation
I answer, "Morning is coming, but night will come again. If you want to ask again, come back and ask."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The watchman said," Morning has come, and also night. If you want to ask, ask! Come back again."

International Standard Version
The watchman replies: 'Morning is coming, but also the night. If you want to ask, then ask; come back again.'"

NET Bible
The watchman replies, "Morning is coming, but then night. If you want to ask, ask; come back again."

New Heart English Bible
The watchman said, "The morning comes, and also the night. If you will inquire, inquire. Come back again."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The watchman answers, "Morning is coming, and night will come again. If you need to ask, come back and ask."

JPS Tanakh 1917
The watchman said: 'The morning cometh, and also the night-- If ye will inquire, inquire ye; return, come.'

New American Standard 1977
The watchman says, “Morning comes but also night. If you would inquire, inquire; Come back again.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
The watchman said, The morning comes and then the night; if ye will enquire, enquire ye; return, and come.

King James 2000 Bible
The watchman said, The morning comes, and also the night: if you will inquire, inquire you: return, come.

American King James Version
The watchman said, The morning comes, and also the night: if you will inquire, inquire you: return, come.

American Standard Version
The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: turn ye, come.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I watch in the morning and the night: if thou wouldest enquire, enquire, and dwell by me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The watchman said: The morning cometh, also the night: if you seek, seek: return, come.

Darby Bible Translation
The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire; return, come.

English Revised Version
The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: turn ye, come.

Webster's Bible Translation
The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come.

World English Bible
The watchman said, "The morning comes, and also the night. If you will inquire, inquire. Come back again."

Young's Literal Translation
The watchman hath said, 'Come hath morning, and also night, If ye inquire, inquire ye, turn back, come.'
Study Bible
An Oracle Concerning Edom
11This is an oracle concerning Dumah: One calls to me from Seir, “Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?” 12The watchman replies, “Morning has come, but also the night. If you would inquire, then inquire! Come back yet again.”
Cross References
Isaiah 21:11
This is an oracle concerning Dumah: One calls to me from Seir, "Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?"

Isaiah 21:13
This is an oracle concerning Arabia: In the thickets of Arabia you must lodge, O caravans of Dedanites.

Obadiah 1:1
This is the vision of Obadiah: This is what the Lord GOD says about Edom--We have heard a message from the LORD; An envoy has been sent among the nations to say, "Rise up, and let us go to battle against her!"

Treasury of Scripture

The watchman said, The morning comes, and also the night: if you will inquire, inquire you: return, come.

the morning

Isaiah 17:14
And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

Jeremiah 50:27
Slay all her bullocks; let them go down to the slaughter: woe unto them! for their day is come, the time of their visitation.

Ezekiel 7:5-7,10,12
Thus saith the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come…

if

Isaiah 55:7
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Jeremiah 42:19-22
The LORD hath said concerning you, O ye remnant of Judah; Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that I have admonished you this day…

Exodus 14:1-6
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, …







Lexicon
The watchman
שֹׁמֵ֔ר (šō·mêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

replies,
אָמַ֣ר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Morning
בֹ֖קֶר (ḇō·qer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1242: Dawn, morning

has come,
אָתָ֥ה (’ā·ṯāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 857: To arrive

but also
וְגַם־ (wə·ḡam-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

the night.
לָ֑יְלָה (lā·yə·lāh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3915: A twist, night, adversity

If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you would inquire,
תִּבְעָי֥וּן (tiḇ·‘ā·yūn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's Hebrew 1158: To gush over, to swell, to desire earnestly, to ask

then inquire!
בְּעָ֖יוּ (bə·‘ā·yū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1158: To gush over, to swell, to desire earnestly, to ask

Come back
אֵתָֽיוּ׃ (’ê·ṯā·yū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 857: To arrive

yet again.”
שֻׁ֥בוּ (šu·ḇū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again
(12) If ye will enquire . . .--The words pre-suppose a craving to know the meaning of the mysterious oracle just given. The prophet declines to answer. If they like to ask, they may, and return and go back after a bootless journey. Some interpreters, however. have seen in the "return" a call to repentance like that conveyed by the same word in Jeremiah 3:22, but hardly on sufficient grounds. We should, in that case, have expected "return to Jehovah."

Verse 12. - The morning cometh, and also the night. An oracular reply, but probably meaning

(1) that a brighter time would soon dawn upon the Edomite people; and

(2) that this brighter time would be followed by a return of misery and affliction. We may (conjecturally) understand the "morning" of the earlier part of Sennacherib's reign, when Edom was at peace with Assyria, merely paying a moderate tribute (G. Smith, 'Eponym Canon,' p. 132), and the "night" of the later period in the same king's reign, when (about B.C. 694-690) the country suffered from another Assyrian invasion, in which the king's treasures and his gods were carried off to Nineveh (ibid., p. 137). If ye will inquire, inquire ye; return, come. Some take this very literally, as meaning, "If ye would inquire further into the meaning of this answer, do so; return to me; come again." But this implies that the Edomites had sent an actual messenger to make the inquiry of ver. 5, which is improbable. Others understand a reproach to Edom: "If ye will have recourse to God in the time of trouble, do so; but then do more - return to him altogether; come, and be one with Judah." 21:11,12 God's prophets and ministers are as watchmen in the city in a time of peace, to see that all is safe. As watchmen in the camp in time of war, to warn of the motions of the enemy. After a long sleep in sin and security, it is time to rise, to awake out of sleep. We have a great deal of work to do, a long journey to go; it is time to be stirring. After a long dark night is there any hope of the day dawning? What tidings of the night? What happens to-night? We must never be secure. But many make curious inquiries of the watchmen. They would willingly have nice questions solved, or difficult prophecies interpreted; but they do not seek into the state of their own souls, about the way of salvation, and the path of duty. The watchman answers by way of prophecy. There comes first a morning of light, and peace, and opportunity; but afterward comes a night of trouble and calamity. If there be a morning of youth and health, there will come a night of sickness and old age; if a morning of prosperity in the family, in the public, yet we must look for changes. It is our wisdom to improve the present morning, in preparation for the night that is coming after it. Inquire, return, come. We are urged to do it quickly, for there is no time to trifle. Those that return and come to God, will find they have a great deal of work to do, and but little time to do it in.
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