New American Standard Bible
Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine,
King James Bible
They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
Darby Bible Translation
They shall smite on the breasts in lamentation for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vineyards.
World English Bible
Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
Young's Literal Translation
For breasts they are lamenting, For fields of desire, for the fruitful vine.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
They shall lament for the teats - Interpreters have been not a little perplexed by this expression. Lowth supposes it is to be taken in connection with the previous verse, and that it denotes that sackcloth was to be girded upon the breast as well as upon the loins. Others have supposed that it denotes to 'smite upon the breasts,' as a token of grief; others, that the word 'breast' here denotes children by a synecdoche, as having been nourished by the breast, and that the women here were called to mourn over their children. But it is evident, I think, that the word breasts here is used to denote that which nourishes or sustains life, and is synonymous with fruitful fields. It is so used in Homer (Iliad, ix. 141), where οίθαρ ἀρούρης oithar arourēs denotes fertility of land. And here the sense doubtless is, that they would mourn over the fields which once contributed to sustain life, but which were now desolate. In regard to the grammatical difficulties of the place, Rosenmuller and Gesenius may be consulted.
The pleasant fields - Margin, as in Hebrew, 'Fields of desire.'
The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.' (Isaiah xxxii. 17.) One reason why I glory in teaching Full Salvation is that it includes a religion of certainty. It brings a man to a place of sureness as to his religious relationships. A soul just awakened to a sense of responsibility is naturally full of wonderment and anxiety, and this must be disposed of. So that when we speak of a man obtaining Salvation, we say 'he found peace'. …
T. H. Howard—Standards of Life and Service
Under his Shadow.
How the Silent and the Talkative are to be Admonished.
It is fixed: She is stripped, she is carried away, And her handmaids are moaning like the sound of doves, Beating on their breasts.
For the land of my people in which thorns and briars shall come up; Yea, for all the joyful houses and for the jubilant city.
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