And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction…
The siege shall surely come, with its sorely concrete privations, but the Lord will be there, equally distinct...Real, concrete sorrows, — these are they that make the heavenly Teacher real! It is linguistically possible, and more in harmony with the rest of the passage, to turn "teachers," as the E.V. has it, into the singular, and to render it by "revealer." The word is an active participle, "moreh," from the same verb as the noun "torah," which is constantly translated "law" in our version, but is, in the Prophets at least, more nearly equivalent to "instruction," or to our modern term "revelation" (ver. 9). Looking thus to the One Revealer, and hearkening to the One Voice, "the lying and rebellious children" shall at last be restored to that capacity for truth and obedience, the loss of which has been their ruin.
(Prof. G. A. Smith, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: