New International Version
For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there."
King James Bible
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Darby Bible Translation
For [it is] precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little. ...
World English Bible
For it is precept on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, there a little.
Young's Literal Translation
For rule is on rule, rule on rule, line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For precept must be upon precept - The original is remarkably abrupt and sententious. The hemistichs are these: -
לצו צו לצו צו כי latsav tsav latsav tsav ki לקו קו לקו קו lakau kau lakau kau שם זעיר שם זעיר sham zeeir sham zeeir
For, - Command to command, command to command.
Line to line, line to line.
A little there, a little there.
Kimchi says צו tsau, precept, is used here for מצוה mitsuah, command, and is used in no other place for it but here. צו tsau signifies a little precept, such as is suited to the capacity of a child; see Isaiah 28:9. קו kau signifies the line that a mason stretches out to build a layer of stones by. After one layer or course is placed, he raises the line and builds another; thus the building is by degrees regularly completed. This is the method of teaching children, giving them such information as their narrow capacities can receive; and thus the prophet dealt with the Israelites. See Kimchi in loc., and see a fine parallel passage, Hebrews 5:12-14, by which this may be well illustrated.
My old MS. Bible translates oddly: -
For sende efter sende, sende efter sende:
Abide efter abiide, abide efter abiide:
Lytyl ther, lytyl ther.
Coverdale is also singular: -
Commande that may be commanded;
Byd that maye be bydden:
Foorbyd that maye be forbydden;
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
must be. or, hath been
LibraryJune 8. "Bread Corn is Bruised" (Isa. xxviii. 28).
"Bread corn is bruised" (Isa. xxviii. 28). The farmer does not gather timothy and blue grass, and break it with a heavy machine. But he takes great pains with the wheat. So God takes great pains with those who are to be of much use to Him. There is a nature in them that needs this discipline. Don't wonder if the bread corn is treated with the wise, discriminating care that will fit it for food. He knows the way He is taking, and there is infinite tenderness in the oversight He gives. He is watching …
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Man's Crown and God's
Letter xxxvi (Circa A. D. 1131) to the Same Hildebert, who had not yet Acknowledged the Lord Innocent as Pope.
2 Chronicles 36:15
The LORD, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place.
For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples.
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