Isaiah 5:17
New International Version
Then sheep will graze as in their own pasture; lambs will feed among the ruins of the rich.

New Living Translation
In that day lambs will find good pastures, and fattened sheep and young goats will feed among the ruins.

English Standard Version
Then shall the lambs graze as in their pasture, and nomads shall eat among the ruins of the rich.

Berean Study Bible
Lambs will graze as in their own pastures, and strangers will feed in the ruins of the wealthy.

New American Standard Bible
Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture, And strangers will eat in the waste places of the wealthy.

King James Bible
Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.

Christian Standard Bible
Lambs will graze as if in their own pastures, and resident aliens will eat among the ruins of the rich.

Contemporary English Version
His people will be like sheep grazing in their own pasture, and they will take off what was left by others.

Good News Translation
In the ruins of the cities lambs will eat grass and young goats will find pasture.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Lambs will graze as if in their own pastures, and strangers will eat among the ruins of the rich.

International Standard Version
Then the lambs will graze in their pasture; fatlings and foreigners will eat among the waste places of the rich."

NET Bible
Lambs will graze as if in their pastures, amid the ruins the rich sojourners will graze.

New Heart English Bible
Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture, and kids will eat the ruins of the rich.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then lambs will graze as if they were in their own pasture, and foreigners will eat among the ruins of the rich.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then shall the lambs feed as in their pasture, And the waste places of the fat ones shall wanderers eat.

New American Standard 1977
Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture, And strangers will eat in the waste places of the wealthy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the lambs shall be fed after their manner, and strangers shall eat the fat ones that are forsaken.

King James 2000 Bible
Then shall the lambs feed in their pasture, and the waste places of the rich ones shall strangers eat.

American King James Version
Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.

American Standard Version
Then shall the lambs feed as in their pasture, and the waste places of the fat ones shall wanderers eat.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they that were spoiled shall be fed as bulls, and lambs shall feed on the waste places of them that are taken away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the lambs shall feed according to their order, and strangers shall eat the deserts turned into fruitfulness.

Darby Bible Translation
And the lambs shall feed as on their pasture, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.

English Revised Version
Then shall the lambs feed as in their pasture, and the waste places of the fat ones shall wanderers eat.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.

World English Bible
Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture, and strangers will eat the ruins of the rich.

Young's Literal Translation
And fed have lambs according to their leading, And waste places of the fat ones Do sojourners consume.
Study Bible
Woes to the Wicked
16But the LORD of Hosts will be exalted by His justice, and the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness. 17Lambs will graze as in their own pastures, and strangers will feed in the ruins of the wealthy. 18Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of deceit and pull sin along with cart ropes,…
Cross References
Isaiah 7:25
For fear of the thorns and briers, you will no longer traverse the hills once tilled by the hoe; they will become places for oxen to graze and sheep to trample.

Hosea 4:16
For Israel is as obstinate as a stubborn heifer. Can the LORD now shepherd them like lambs in an open meadow?

Micah 2:12
I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob; I will collect the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in the midst of its pasture--a noisy throng.

Zephaniah 2:6
So the seacoast will become a land of pastures, having caves filled with shepherds and folds with sheep.

Treasury of Scripture

Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.

shall the lambs

Isaiah 7:21,22,25
And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep; …

Isaiah 17:2
The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Isaiah 32:14
Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks;

the waste

Isaiah 10:16
Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.

Deuteronomy 32:15
But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

Psalm 17:10,14
They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly…

strangers

Isaiah 1:7
Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

Deuteronomy 28:33
The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:

Nehemiah 9:37
And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.







Lexicon
Lambs
כְבָשִׂ֖ים (ḵə·ḇā·śîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3532: A lamb

will graze
וְרָע֥וּ (wə·rā·‘ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

as in their own pastures,
כְּדָבְרָ֑ם (kə·ḏā·ḇə·rām)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1699: A pasture

and strangers
גָּרִ֥ים (gā·rîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1481: To turn aside from the road, sojourn, to shrink, fear, to gather for, hostility

will feed
יֹאכֵֽלוּ׃ (yō·ḵê·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat

in the ruins
וְחָרְב֥וֹת (wə·ḥā·rə·ḇō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2723: Waste, desolation, ruin

of the wealthy.
מֵחִ֖ים (mê·ḥîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4220: Fat, rich
(17) Then shall the lambs feed after their manner.--Better, feed even as on their pasture. The meaning is clear enough. The lands that have been gained by oppression shall, in the day of retribution, become common pasture ground instead of being reserved for the parks and gardens of the rich; and strangers--i.e., invaders, Philistines, Assyrians, or nomadic tribes--shall devour the produce (Isaiah 1:7). Possibly, however, the "lambs" may stand for the poor and meek, as in contrast with the "fat ones" of the earth. The LXX. version follows a different reading in the second clause, and gives "kids" instead of "strangers."

Verse 17. Then shall the lambs feed. Dr. Kay takes the "lambs" to be the remnant of Israel that survived the judgment, who will feed freely, cared for by the good Shepherd; but the parallelism so generally affected by Isaiah seems to require a meaning more consonant with the later clause of the verse. Most commentators, therefore, expound the passage literally, "Then shall lambs feed [on the desolated estates of the covetous]" (see vers. 8-10). After their manner; or, after their own guidance; i.e. at their pleasure, as they list (so Lowth and Rosenmüller). And the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat. Goim, i.e. nomad tribes, shall consume the produce of the wasted fields once possessed by the Hebrew grandees. Ewald proposes to make the verse immediately follow ver. 10; but this is not necessary. The occupation of their lands by wandering tribes, Arabs and others, was a part of the punishment that fell on all the nobles, not on those only who accumulated large estates. 5:8-23 Here is a woe to those who set their hearts on the wealth of the world. Not that it is sinful for those who have a house and a field to purchase another; but the fault is, that they never know when they have enough. Covetousness is idolatry; and while many envy the prosperous, wretched man, the Lord denounces awful woes upon him. How applicable to many among us! God has many ways to empty the most populous cities. Those who set their hearts upon the world, will justly be disappointed. Here is woe to those who dote upon the pleasures and the delights of sense. The use of music is lawful; but when it draws away the heart from God, then it becomes a sin to us. God's judgments have seized them, but they will not disturb themselves in their pleasures. The judgments are declared. Let a man be ever so high, death will bring him low; ever so mean, death will bring him lower. The fruit of these judgments shall be, that God will be glorified as a God of power. Also, as a God that is holy; he shall be owned and declared to be so, in the righteous punishment of proud men. Those are in a woful condition who set up sin, and who exert themselves to gratify their base lusts. They are daring in sin, and walk after their own lusts; it is in scorn that they call God the Holy One of Israel. They confound and overthrow distinctions between good and evil. They prefer their own reasonings to Divine revelations; their own devices to the counsels and commands of God. They deem it prudent and politic to continue profitable sins, and to neglect self-denying duties. Also, how light soever men make of drunkenness, it is a sin which lays open to the wrath and curse of God. Their judges perverted justice. Every sin needs some other to conceal it.
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