New International Version
Is Israel a servant, a slave by birth? Why then has he become plunder?
King James Bible
Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled?
Darby Bible Translation
Is Israel a bondman? Is he a home-born [slave]? Why is he become a spoil?
World English Bible
Is Israel a servant? Is he a native-born [slave]? Why has he become a prey?
Young's Literal Translation
A servant is Israel? Is he a child of the house? Wherefore hath he been for a prey?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Is Israel a servant? - Is he a slave purchased with money, or a servant born in the family? He is a son himself. If so, then, why is he spoiled? Not because God has not shown him love and kindness; but because he forsook God, turned to and is joined with idols.
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'Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but My people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.'--JER. ii. 11. The obstinacy of the adherents of idolatry is in striking contrast with Israel's continual tendency to forsake Jehovah. It reads a scarcely less forcible lesson to many nominal and even to some real Christians. I. That contrast carries with it a disclosure of the respective origins of the two kinds of Religion. The strangeness of the contrasted conduct is …
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The same law applies both to the native-born and to the foreigner residing among you."
And when the people ask, 'Why has the LORD our God done all this to us?' you will tell them, 'As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners in a land not your own.'
Through your own fault you will lose the inheritance I gave you. I will enslave you to your enemies in a land you do not know, for you have kindled my anger, and it will burn forever."
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