New American Standard Bible
"You have conceived chaff, you will give birth to stubble; My breath will consume you like a fire.
King James Bible
Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
Darby Bible Translation
Ye shall conceive dry grass, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath shall devour you as fire.
World English Bible
You will conceive chaff. You will bring forth stubble. Your breath is a fire that will devour you.
Young's Literal Translation
Ye conceive chaff, ye bear stubble, Your spirit! -- fire devoureth you.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Ye shall conceive chaff - An address of God to the Assyrians. The figure is one that denotes that their counsels would be in vain. Chaff and stubble are used in the Scriptures, in contrast with grain, to denote anything which is not solid, nutritious, or substantial; then anything which is frivolous, useless, vain. A similar image occurs in Isaiah 26:18 (see the note on that place; compare Isaiah 59:4).
Your breath as fire shall devour you - The word 'breath' here (רוח rûach, spirit) is evidently used in the sense of the Θυμός thumos, and denotes anger, as in Isaiah 30:28. It refers to the haughty and arrogant spirit of Sennacherib; the enraged and excited mind intent on victory and plunder. The sense is, that his mind, so intent on conquest - so proud, excited, and angry, would be the means of his own destruction. Lowth proposes to read 'my spirit,' but for this change there is no authority from manuscripts (see the notes at Isaiah 1:31).
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Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.
Behold, he travails with wickedness, And he conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.
The strong man will become tinder, His work also a spark. Thus they shall both burn together And there will be none to quench them.
We were pregnant, we writhed in labor, We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind. We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth, Nor were inhabitants of the world born.
No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly. They trust in confusion and speak lies; They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.
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