Isaiah 47:12
New International Version
“Keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries, which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror.

New Living Translation
“Now use your magical charms! Use the spells you have worked at all these years! Maybe they will do you some good. Maybe they can make someone afraid of you.

English Standard Version
Stand fast in your enchantments and your many sorceries, with which you have labored from your youth; perhaps you may be able to succeed; perhaps you may inspire terror.

Berean Study Bible
So take your stand with your spells and with your many sorceries, with which you have wearied yourself from your youth. Perhaps you will succeed; perhaps you will inspire terror!

King James Bible
Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.

New King James Version
“Stand now with your enchantments And the multitude of your sorceries, In which you have labored from your youth— Perhaps you will be able to profit, Perhaps you will prevail.

New American Standard Bible
“Persist now in your spells And in your many sorceries With which you have labored from your youth; Perhaps you will be able to benefit, Perhaps you may cause trembling.

NASB 1995
“Stand fast now in your spells And in your many sorceries With which you have labored from your youth; Perhaps you will be able to profit, Perhaps you may cause trembling.

NASB 1977
“Stand fast now in your spells And in your many sorceries With which you have labored from your youth; Perhaps you will be able to profit, Perhaps you may cause trembling.

Amplified Bible
“Persist, then, [Babylon] in your enchantments And your many sorceries With which you have labored from your youth; Perhaps you will be able to profit [from them], Perhaps you may prevail and cause trembling.

Christian Standard Bible
So take your stand with your spells and your many sorceries, which you have wearied yourself with from your youth. Perhaps you will be able to succeed; perhaps you will inspire terror!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So take your stand with your spells and your many sorceries, which you have wearied yourself with from your youth. Perhaps you will be able to succeed; perhaps you will inspire terror!

American Standard Version
Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast labored from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Arise now with your Magicians and in your many sorceries in which you labored from your youth. Perhaps you shall find fullness; perhaps you shall be strengthened

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the abundance of thy sorcery, which thou hast learned from thy youth; if thou canst be profited.

Contemporary English Version
Keep using your magic powers and your charms as you have always done. Maybe--just maybe--you will frighten somebody!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Stand now with thy enchanters, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, in which thou hast laboured from thy youth, if so be it may profit thee any thing, or if thou mayst become stronger.

English Revised Version
Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.

Good News Translation
Keep all your magic spells and charms; you have used them since you were young. Perhaps they will be of some help to you; perhaps you can frighten your enemies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Keep practicing your spells and your evil magic. You have practiced them ever since you were young. You may succeed. You may cause terror.

International Standard Version
"But stand up now with your spells and your many incantations, at which you have labored from your childhood until today,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Stand now with thine enchantments, And with the multitude of thy sorceries, Wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; If so be thou shalt be able to profit, If so be thou mayest prevail.

Literal Standard Version
Now stand in your charms, And in the multitude of your sorceries, In which you have labored from your youth, It may be you are able to profit, It may be you terrify!

NET Bible
Persist in trusting your amulets and your many incantations, which you have faithfully recited since your youth! Maybe you will be successful--maybe you will scare away disaster.

New Heart English Bible
"Stand now with your enchantments, and with the multitude of your sorceries, in which you have labored from your youth; if so be you shall be able to profit, if so be you may prevail.

World English Bible
"Stand now with your enchantments, and with the multitude of your sorceries, in which you have labored from your youth; if so be you shall be able to profit, if so be you may prevail.

Young's Literal Translation
Stand, I pray thee, in thy charms, And in the multitude of thy sorceries, In which thou hast laboured from thy youth, It may be thou art able to profit, It may be thou dost terrify!

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Fall of Babylon Predicted
11But disaster will come upon you; you will not know how to charm it away. A calamity will befall you that you will be unable to ward off. Devastation will happen to you suddenly and unexpectedly. 12So take your stand with your spells and with your many sorceries, with which you have wearied yourself from your youth. Perhaps you will succeed; perhaps you will inspire terror! 13You are wearied by your many counselors; let them come forward now and save you—your astrologers who observe the stars, who monthly predict your fate.…

Cross References
Revelation 9:21
Furthermore, they did not repent of their murder, sorcery, sexual immorality, and theft.

Psalm 129:1
Many a time they have persecuted me from my youth--let Israel now declare--

Isaiah 8:19
When men tell you to consult the spirits of the dead and the spiritists who whisper and mutter, shouldn't a people consult their God instead? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?

Isaiah 47:9
These two things will overtake you in a moment, in a single day: loss of children, and widowhood. They will come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and the potency of your spells.

Daniel 2:2
So the king gave orders to summon the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and astrologers to explain his dreams. When they came and stood before the king,

Daniel 5:15
Now the wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this inscription and interpret it for me, but they could not give its interpretation.

Micah 3:7
Then the seers will be ashamed and the diviners will be disgraced. They will all cover their mouths because there is no answer from God."


Treasury of Scripture

Stand now with your enchantments, and with the multitude of your sorceries, wherein you have labored from your youth; if so be you shall be able to profit, if so be you may prevail.

Isaiah 47:9,10
But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments…

Isaiah 8:19
And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?

Isaiah 19:3
And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.









(12) If so be thou shalt be able . . .--The words come with a subtle tone of irony. Persevere in thy enchantments . . . perchance thou wilt be able to profit, perchance thou wilt strike terror.

Verse 12. - Stand now. The fourth and concluding strophe now begins; it opens, like the third, with a single imperative. It has, as Mr. Cheyne observes, "a strongly ironical tinge, reminding us of Elijah's language to the priests of Baal in 1 Kings 18:27." The irony is, however, confined to the first half (vers. 12, 13); giving place in vers. 14 and 15 to a scathing sentence of judgment and ruin. Enchantments... sorceries; rather, spells, enchantments (see the comment on ver. 9). If so be, etc.; rather, perchance thou wilt be able to profit; perchance thou wilt cause terror. The prophet gives a pretended encouragement to Israel's adversaries. "If Babylon uses all the resources of her magical art, perhaps she may succeed - who knows? Perhaps she may strike terror into the hearts of her assailants."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So take your stand
עִמְדִי־ (‘im·ḏî-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - feminine singular
Strong's 5975: To stand, in various relations

with your spells
בַחֲבָרַ֙יִךְ֙ (ḇa·ḥă·ḇā·ra·yiḵ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 2267: Company, association, spell

and with your many
וּבְרֹ֣ב (ū·ḇə·rōḇ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

sorceries,
כְּשָׁפַ֔יִךְ (kə·šā·p̄a·yiḵ)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 3785: Sorcery

with which
בַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר (ba·’ă·šer)
Preposition-b | Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

you have wearied yourself
יָגַ֖עַתְּ (yā·ḡa·‘at)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's 3021: To gasp, to be exhausted, to tire, to toil

from your youth.
מִנְּעוּרָ֑יִךְ (min·nə·‘ū·rā·yiḵ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 5271: Youth, the state, the persons

Perhaps
אוּלַ֛י (’ū·lay)
Adverb
Strong's 194: Perhaps

you will
תּוּכְלִ֥י (tū·ḵə·lî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's 3201: To be able, have power

succeed;
הוֹעִ֖יל (hō·w·‘îl)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's 3276: To confer or gain profit or benefit

perhaps
אוּלַ֥י (’ū·lay)
Adverb
Strong's 194: Perhaps

you will inspire terror!
תַּעֲרֽוֹצִי׃ (ta·‘ă·rō·w·ṣî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's 6206: To cause to tremble, tremble


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