New International Version
Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. My people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path.
King James Bible
As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
Darby Bible Translation
[As for] my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. My people! they that guide thee mislead [thee], and destroy the way of thy paths.
World English Bible
As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. My people, those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.
Young's Literal Translation
My people -- its exactors are sucklings, And women have ruled over it. My people -- thy eulogists are causing to err, And the way of thy paths swallowed up.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Err "Pervert" - בלעו billeu, "swallow." Among many unsatisfactory methods of accounting for the unusual meaning of this word in this place, I choose Jarchi's explication, as making the best sense. "Read בללו billalu, 'confound.' Syriac." - Dr. Judd. "Read בהלו beholu, 'disturb or trouble.'" - Secker. So Septuagint. This verse might be read, "The collectors of grapes shall be their oppressors; and usurers (noshim, instead of nashim, women) shall rule over them."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
lead thee. or, which call thee blessed
destroy. Heb. swallow p
LibraryA Paradox of Selling and Buying
'Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.'--ISAIAH iii. 3. THE first reference of these words is of course to the Captivity. They come in the midst of a grand prophecy of freedom, all full of leaping gladness and buoyant hope. The Seer speaks to the captives; they had 'sold themselves for nought.' What had they gained by their departure from God?--bondage. What had they won in exchange for their freedom?-- only the hard service of Babylon. As Deuteronomy puts it: …
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They break up my road; they succeed in destroying me. 'No one can help him,' they say.
A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.
Woe to the land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning.
"I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them."
Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray.
The LORD has poured into them a spirit of dizziness; they make Egypt stagger in all that she does, as a drunkard staggers around in his vomit.
Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem.
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