New International Version
a reaper cannot fill his hands with it, nor one who gathers fill his arms.
King James Bible
Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom.
Darby Bible Translation
Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand, nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom;
World English Bible
with which the reaper doesn't fill his hand, nor he who binds sheaves, his bosom.
Young's Literal Translation
That hath not filled the hand of a reaper, And the bosom of a binder of sheaves.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
As the grass upon the housetops - As in the east the roofs of the houses were flat, seeds of various kinds falling upon them would naturally vegetate, though in an imperfect way; and, because of the want of proper nourishment, would necessarily dry and wither away. If grass, the mower cannot make hay of it; if corn, the reaper cannot make a sheaf of it. Let the Babylonians be like such herbage - good for nothing, and come to nothing.
Withereth afore it groweth up - Before שלק shalak, it is unsheathed; i.e., before it ears, or comes to seed.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
he that bindeth
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. T hat which often passes amongst men for resolution, and the proof of a noble, courageous spirit, is, in reality, the effect of a weak and little mind. At least, it is chiefly owing to the presence of certain circumstances, which have a greater influence upon the conduct, than any inherent principle. Thus may persons who appear to set death and danger at defiance in the hour …
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1
Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle.
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