Isaiah 28:10
New International Version
For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there."

New Living Translation
He tells us everything over and over--one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there!"

English Standard Version
For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”

Berean Study Bible
For He says, “Order on order, order on order, line on line, line on line, a little here, a little there.”

New American Standard Bible
"For He says, 'Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there.'"

King James Bible
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Christian Standard Bible
"Law after law, law after law, line after line, line after line, a little here, a little there."

Contemporary English Version
You don't even listen--all you hear is senseless sound after senseless sound.

Good News Translation
He is trying to teach us letter by letter, line by line, lesson by lesson."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For he says: "Law after law, law after law, line after line, line after line, a little here, a little there."

International Standard Version
For it is: "Do this and do that, do this and do that, Line upon line, line upon line, a little here, a little there."

NET Bible
Indeed, they will hear meaningless gibberish, senseless babbling, a syllable here, a syllable there.

New Heart English Bible
For it is precept on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, there a little.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They speak utter nonsense.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For it is precept by precept, precept by precept, Line by line, line by line; Here a little, there a little.

New American Standard 1977
“For He says, ‘Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there.’”

Jubilee Bible 2000
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

King James 2000 Bible
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

American King James Version
For precept must be on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, and there a little:

American Standard Version
For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Expect thou affliction on affliction, hope upon hope: yet a little, and yet a little,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For command, command again; command, command again; expect, expect again; expect, expect again: a little there, a little there.

Darby Bible Translation
For [it is] precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little. ...

English Revised Version
For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little.

Webster's Bible Translation
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

World English Bible
For it is precept on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, there a little.

Young's Literal Translation
For rule is on rule, rule on rule, line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there,
Study Bible
Judgment on Ephraim
9Who is it He is trying to teach? To whom is He explaining His message? To infants just weaned from milk? To babies removed from the breast? 10For He says, “Order on order, order on order, line on line, line on line, a little here, a little there.” 11So with stammering speech and a foreign tongue, He will speak to this people…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 36:15
Time and again the LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to His people through His messengers, because He had compassion on them and on His dwelling place.

Nehemiah 9:30
Yet You were patient with them for many years, and Your Spirit admonished them through Your prophets, but they would not listen; so You gave them into the hands of the people of the land.

Treasury of Scripture

For precept must be on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, and there a little:

for precept

Isaiah 28:13
But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Isaiah 5:4
What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?

Deuteronomy 6:1-6
Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: …

must be.







Lexicon
For [He says],
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

“Order
צַ֤ו (ṣaw)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6673: Perhaps command

on order,
לָצָו֙ (lā·ṣāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6673: Perhaps command

order
צַ֣ו (ṣaw)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6673: Perhaps command

on order,
לָצָ֔ו (lā·ṣāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6673: Perhaps command

line
קַ֥ו (qaw)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6957: A cord, for, measuring, a rule, a rim, a musical string, accord

on line,
לָקָ֖ו (lā·qāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6957: A cord, for, measuring, a rule, a rim, a musical string, accord

line
קַ֣ו (qaw)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6957: A cord, for, measuring, a rule, a rim, a musical string, accord

on line,
לָקָ֑ו (lā·qāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6957: A cord, for, measuring, a rule, a rim, a musical string, accord

a little
זְעֵ֥יר (zə·‘êr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2191: A little

here,
שָׁ֖ם (šām)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8033: There, then, thither

a little
זְעֵ֥יר (zə·‘êr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2191: A little

there.”
שָֽׁם׃ (šām)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8033: There, then, thither
Verse 10. - For precept must be upon precept; rather, for it is precept upon precept (Lowth, Cheyne). The whole teaching is nothing but an accumulation of precept upon precept, rule upon rule, one little injunction followed up by another, here a little, there a little. The objectors profess to find in the prophet's teaching nothing grand, nothing broad - no enunciation of great leading principles; but a perpetual drizzling rain of petty maxims and rules, vexatious, cramping, confining; especially unsuitable to men Who had had the training of priests and prophets, and could have appreciated a grand theory, or a new religious standpoint, but were simply revolted at a teaching which seemed to them narrow, childish, and wearisome. It has been said that in the language of this passage "we may hear the heavy babbling utterance of the drunken scoffers" (Delitzsch); but in this we have perhaps an over-refinement. Isaiah probably gives us, not what his adversaries said of him over their cups, but the best arguments which they could hit on in their sober hours to depreciate his doe-trine. The arguments must be allowed to be clever. 28:5-15 The prophet next turns to Judah, whom he calls the residue of his people. Happy are those alone, who glory in the Lord of hosts himself. Hence his people get wisdom and strength for every service and every conflict. But it is only in Christ Jesus that the holy God communicates with sinful man. And whether those that teach are drunk with wine, or intoxicated with false doctrines and notions concerning the kingdom and salvation of the Messiah, they not only err themselves, but lead multitudes astray. All places where such persons have taught are filled with errors. For our instruction in the things of God, it is needful that the same precept and the same line should be often repeated to us, that we may the better understand them. God, by his word, calls us to what is really for our advantage; the service of God is the only true rest for those weary of the service of sin, and there is no refreshment but under the easy yoke of the Lord Jesus. All this had little effect upon the people. Those who will not understand what is plain, but scorn and despise it as mean and trifling, are justly punished. If we are at peace with God, we have, in effect, made a covenant with death; whenever it comes, it cannot do us any real damage, if we are Christ's. But to think of making death our friend, while by sin we are making God our enemy, is absurd. And do not they make lies their refuge who trust in their own righteousness, or to a death-bed repentance? which is a resolution to sin no more, when it is no longer in their power to do so.
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