New International Version
The city is left in ruins, its gate is battered to pieces.
King James Bible
In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.
Darby Bible Translation
desolation remaineth in the city, and the gate is smitten, -- a ruin.
World English Bible
The city is left in desolation, and the gate is struck with destruction.
Young's Literal Translation
Left in the city is desolation, And with wasting is the gate smitten.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
All joy is darkened "All gladness is passed away" - For ערבה arebah, darkened, read עברה aberah, passed away, transposing a letter. Houbigant, Secker. Five of Dr. Kennicott's and five of De Rossi's MSS., several ancients add כל col, all, after משוש mesos: the Septuagint adds the same word before it.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryJune the Twenty-Fifth Desolations Wrought by Sin
"The Lord hath spoken this word." --ISAIAH xxiv. 1-12. "The Lord hath spoken this word," and it is a word of judgment. It unveils some of the terrible issues of sin. See the effects of sin upon the spirit of man. "The merry-hearted do sigh." Life loses its wings and its song. The buoyancy and the optimism die out of the soul. The days move with heavy feet, and duty becomes very stale and unwelcome. If only our ears were keen enough we should hear many a place of hollow laughter moaning with …
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
Visions of Future Glory
Wail, you gate! Howl, you city! Melt away, all you Philistines! A cloud of smoke comes from the north, and there is not a straggler in its ranks.
The fortress will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted; citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever, the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks,
Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely,
I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.
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