Isaiah 32:19
New International Version
Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely,

New Living Translation
Even if the forest should be destroyed and the city torn down,

English Standard Version
And it will hail when the forest falls down, and the city will be utterly laid low.

Berean Study Bible
But hail will level the forest, and the city will sink to the depths.

New American Standard Bible
And it will hail when the forest comes down, And the city will be utterly laid low.

King James Bible
When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

Christian Standard Bible
But hail will level the forest, and the city will sink into the depths.

Contemporary English Version
even if hailstones flatten forests and cities.

Good News Translation
(But hail will fall on the forests, and the city will be torn down.)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But hail will level the forest, and the city will sink into the depths.

International Standard Version
But it will hail when the forest comes down, and the wood will be leveled completely.

NET Bible
Even if the forest is destroyed and the city is annihilated,

New Heart English Bible
And it will hail when the forest comes down, and the wood is brought low in humiliation.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The forest will be flattened because of hail, and the city will be completely leveled.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it shall hail, in the downfall of the forest; But the city shall descend into the valley.

New American Standard 1977
And it will hail when the forest comes down, And the city will be utterly laid low.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the hail, when it shall come down, shall be in the forest; and the city shall be completely laid low.

King James 2000 Bible
When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be brought low in humiliation.

American King James Version
When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

American Standard Version
But it shall hail in the downfall of the forest; and the city shall be utterly laid low.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But hail shall be in the descent of the forest, and the city shall be made very low.

Darby Bible Translation
And it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

English Revised Version
But it shall hail, in the downfall of the forest; and the city shall be utterly laid low.

Webster's Bible Translation
When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

World English Bible
Though hail flattens the forest, and the city is leveled completely.

Young's Literal Translation
And it hath hailed in the going down of the forest, And in the valley is the city low.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
The Women of Jerusalem
18Then my people will dwell in a peaceful place, in safe and secure places of rest. 19But hail will level the forest, and the city will sink to the depths. 20Blessed are those who sow beside abundant waters, who let the ox and donkey range freely.…
Cross References
Isaiah 10:18
The splendor of its forests and orchards, both soul and body, it will completely destroy, as a sickness consumes a man.

Isaiah 10:19
The remaining trees of its forests will be so few that a child could count them.

Isaiah 24:10
The city of chaos is shattered; every house is closed to entry.

Isaiah 24:12
The city is left in ruins; its gate is reduced to rubble.

Isaiah 25:2
Indeed, You have turned the city into a heap of rubble, a fortified town into ruins; the fortress of strangers is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.

Isaiah 26:5
For He has humbled those who dwell on high--He lays the lofty city low. He brings it down to the ground; He casts it into the dust.

Isaiah 27:10
For the fortified city will be deserted, a homestead abandoned and forsaken like a wilderness. There the calves will graze, and there they will lie down and strip its branches bare.

Isaiah 28:2
Behold, the Lord has a strong and mighty one. Like a hailstorm or destructive tempest, like a driving rain or flooding downpour, He will smash it to the ground.

Isaiah 28:17
I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the level." Hail will sweep away your refuge of lies, and water will flood your hiding place.

Isaiah 29:4
You will be brought low, you will speak from the ground, and out of the dust your words will be muffled. Your voice will be like a spirit from the ground; your speech will whisper out of the dust.

Isaiah 30:30
And the LORD will cause His majestic voice to be heard and His mighty arm revealed, striking in angry wrath, with a flame of consuming fire, and with cloudburst, storm, and hailstones.

Treasury of Scripture

When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

it shall

Isaiah 25:4 For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy …

Isaiah 28:2,17 Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest …

Isaiah 30:30 And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall …

Isaiah 37:24 By your servants have you reproached the Lord, and have said, By …

Ezekiel 13:11-13 Say to them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall: …

Matthew 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, …

Revelation 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled …

on the

Zechariah 11:2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: …

the city shall be low. or, the city shall be utterly abased

Isaiah 14:22,23 For I will rise up against them, said the LORD of hosts, and cut …

Isaiah 26:5 For he brings down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he lays …

Nahum 1:1,8 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite…

Nahum 2:10-13 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melts, and the knees …

Revelation 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast …







Lexicon
But hail
וּבָרַ֖ד (ū·ḇā·raḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1258: To hail

will level
בְּרֶ֣דֶת (bə·re·ḏeṯ)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3381: To come or go down, descend

the forest,
הַיָּ֑עַר (hay·yā·‘ar)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3293: A copse of bushes, a forest, honey in the comb

and the city
הָעִֽיר׃ (hā·‘îr)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

will sink
תִּשְׁפַּ֥ל (tiš·pal)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8213: To be or become low, to be abased

to the depths.
וּבַשִּׁפְלָ֖ה (ū·ḇaš·šip̄·lāh)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8218: Humiliation
(19) When it shall hail, coming down on the forest.--Better, But it shall hail. A time of sharp judgment, "hailstones and coals of fire," is to precede that of blessedness and peace. Of such a judgment "hail" was the natural symbol. (Comp. Isaiah 30:30; Ezekiel 13:13.) The "forest" stands in the symbolism of prophecy for the rulers and princes of any kingdom, as in Isaiah 10:34 for those of Assyria, and here probably of Judah. Not a few commentators refer the words here also to Assyria, but the city that follows is clearly Jerusalem, and the interpretation given above harmonises accordingly better with the context. Of that city Isaiah says that it shall be "brought down to a low estate," its pride humbled even to the ground, in order that it may afterwards be exalted.

Verse 19. - When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; rather, but it shall hail in the coming down (i.e. the destruction) of the forest. "The forest" has commonly been regarded as Assyria, on the strength of Isaiah 10:18, 19, 33, 34. Mr. Cheyne, however, suggests Judah, or the high and haughty ones of Judah, whose destruction was a necessary preliminary to the establishment of Christ's kingdom. May not God's enemies generally be meant? The city. Nineveh (Lowth, Gesenius, Rosenmüller); Jerusalem (Delitzsch, Knobel, Cheyne, Kay); "the city in which the hostility of the world to Jehovah will, in the latter days, be centralized" (Drechsler, Nagel) - the "world-power," in fact. The last view seems to give the best sense. 32:9-20 When there was so much provocation given to the holy God, bad times might be expected. Alas! how many careless ones there are, who support self-indulgence by shameful stinginess! We deserve to be deprived of the supports of life, when we make them the food of lusts. Let such tremble and be troubled. Blessed times shall be brought in by the pouring out of the Spirit from on high; then, and not till then, there will be good times. The present state of the Jews shall continue until a more abundant pouring out of the Spirit from on high. Peace and quietness shall be found in the way and work of righteousness. True satisfaction is to be had only in true religion. And real holiness is real happiness now, and shall be perfect happiness, that is, perfect holiness for ever. The good seed of the word shall be sown in all places, and be watered by Divine grace; and laborious, patient labourers shall be sent forth into God's husbandry.
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