Isaiah 28:20
New International Version
The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.

New Living Translation
The bed you have made is too short to lie on. The blankets are too narrow to cover you.

English Standard Version
For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on, and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in.

Berean Study Bible
Indeed, the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket too small to wrap around you.

New American Standard Bible
The bed is too short on which to stretch out, And the blanket is too small to wrap oneself in.

King James Bible
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, the bed is too short to stretch out on, and its cover too small to wrap up in.

Contemporary English Version
Your bed is too short, your blanket too skimpy.

Good News Translation
You will be like the person in the proverb, who tries to sleep in a bed too short to stretch out on, with a blanket too narrow to wrap himself in.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, the bed is too short to stretch out on, and its cover too small to wrap up in.

International Standard Version
because the bed is too short to stretch out on, and its blankets too narrow to wrap around oneself!

NET Bible
For the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket is too narrow to wrap around oneself.

New Heart English Bible
For the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket is too narrow to wrap oneself in.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The bed is too short to stretch out on. The blanket is too narrow to serve as a cover.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the bed is too short for a man to stretch himself; And the covering too narrow when he gathereth himself up.

New American Standard 1977
The bed is too short on which to stretch out, And the blanket is too small to wrap oneself in.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

King James 2000 Bible
For the bed is shorter than a man can stretch himself upon: and the covering narrower than he can wrap himself in.

American King James Version
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

American Standard Version
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it; and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
ye that are distressed; we cannot fight, but we are ourselves too weak for you to be gathered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the bed is straitened, so that one must fall out, and a short covering can- not cover both.

Darby Bible Translation
For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on, and the covering too narrow when he would wrap himself in it.

English Revised Version
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it; and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

World English Bible
For the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket is too narrow to wrap oneself in.

Young's Literal Translation
For shorter hath been the bed Than to stretch one's self out in, And the covering hath been narrower Than to wrap one's self up in.
Study Bible
A Cornerstone in Zion
19As often as it passes through, it will carry you away; it will sweep through morning after morning, by day and by night. Sheer terror will come from understanding the message. 20Indeed, the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket too small to wrap around you. 21For the LORD will rise up as at Mount Perazim. He will rouse Himself as in the valley of Gibeon, to do His work, His strange work, and to perform His task, His disturbing task.…
Cross References
Isaiah 59:6
Their cobwebs cannot be made into clothing, and they cannot cover themselves with their works. Their deeds are sinful deeds, and acts of violence are in their hands.

Ezekiel 42:5
Now the upper chambers were smaller because the galleries took more space from the chambers on the lower and middle floors of the building.

Treasury of Scripture

For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

the bed

Isaiah 57:12,13
I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee…

Isaiah 59:5,6
They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper…

Isaiah 64:6
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.







Lexicon
Indeed,
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

the bed
הַמַּצָּ֖ע (ham·maṣ·ṣā‘)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4702: Couch, bed

is too short
קָצַ֥ר (qā·ṣar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7114: To dock off, curtail, to harvest

to stretch out on,
מֵֽהִשְׂתָּרֵ֑עַ (mê·hiś·tā·rê·a‘)
Preposition-m | Verb - Hitpael - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 8311: To prolong, be deformed by excess of members

and the blanket
וְהַמַּסֵּכָ֥ה (wə·ham·mas·sê·ḵāh)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4541: A pouring over, fusion of metal, a libation, league, a coverlet

too small
צָ֖רָה (ṣā·rāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6887: To bind, tie up, be restricted, narrow, scant, or cramped

to wrap around you.
כְּהִתְכַּנֵּֽס׃ (kə·hiṯ·kan·nês)
Preposition-k | Verb - Hitpael - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3664: To collect, to enfold
(20) For the bed is shorter . . .--The image represents vividly a policy that ended in failure. Hezekiah's counsellors had "made their bed," and would have to lie on it, in their Egyptian alliance, but it would not meet their wants. Bed and blankets would be all too scanty, and leave them in a restless disquietude.

Verse 20. - For the bed, etc. We have a proverb, "As a man makes his bed, so must he lie in it." The Jews will have made themselves a bed in which they can have no comfort or ease, and consequently no rest. But they will only have themselves to blame for it. 28:16-22 Here is a promise of Christ, as the only foundation of hope for escaping the wrath to come. This foundation was laid in Zion, in the eternal counsels of God. This foundation is a stone, firm and able to support his church. It is a tried stone, a chosen stone, approved of God, and never failed any who made trial of it. A corner stone, binding together the whole building, and bearing the whole weight; precious in the sight of the Lord, and of every believer; a sure foundation on which to build. And he who in any age or nation shall believe this testimony, and rest all his hopes, and his never-dying soul on this foundation, shall never be confounded. The right effect of faith in Christ is, to quiet and calm the soul, till events shall be timed by Him, who has all times in his own hand and power. Whatever men trust to for justification, except the righteousness of Christ; or for wisdom, strength, and holiness, except the influences of the Holy Ghost; or for happiness, except the favour of God; that protection in which they thought to shelter themselves, will prove not enough to answer the intention. Those who rest in a righteousness of their own, will have deceived themselves: the bed is too short, the covering too narrow. God will be glorified in the fulfilling of his counsels. If those that profess to be members of God's church, make themselves like Philistines and Canaanites, they must expect to be dealt with as such. Then dare not to ridicule the reproofs of God's word, or the approaches of judgements.
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