Zechariah 11:2
New International Version
Wail, you juniper, for the cedar has fallen; the stately trees are ruined! Wail, oaks of Bashan; the dense forest has been cut down!

New Living Translation
Weep, you cypress trees, for all the ruined cedars; the most majestic ones have fallen. Weep, you oaks of Bashan, for the thick forests have been cut down.

English Standard Version
Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, for the glorious trees are ruined! Wail, oaks of Bashan, for the thick forest has been felled!

Berean Study Bible
Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen; the majestic trees are ruined! Wail, O oaks of Bashan, for the dense forest has been cut down!

King James Bible
Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.

New King James Version
Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the mighty trees are ruined. Wail, O oaks of Bashan, For the thick forest has come down.

New American Standard Bible
Wail, juniper, because the cedar has fallen, For the magnificent trees have been destroyed; Wail, oaks of Bashan, Because the impenetrable forest has come down.

NASB 1995
Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the glorious trees have been destroyed; Wail, O oaks of Bashan, For the impenetrable forest has come down.

NASB 1977
Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the glorious trees have been destroyed; Wail, O oaks of Bashan, For the impenetrable forest has come down.

Amplified Bible
Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the magnificent trees have been destroyed; Wail, O oaks of Bashan, For the inaccessible forest [on the steep mountainside] has come down.

Christian Standard Bible
Wail, cypress, for the cedar has fallen; the glorious trees are destroyed! Wail, oaks of Bashan, for the stately forest has fallen!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wail, cypress, for the cedar has fallen; the glorious trees are destroyed! Wail, oaks of Bashan, for the stately forest has fallen!

American Standard Version
Wail, O fir-tree, for the cedar is fallen, because the goodly ones are destroyed: wail, O ye oaks of Bashan, for the strong forest is come down.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Wail, cypress tree, because the cedars have fallen and the mighty have been plundered! The oaks of Bayshan shall wail because the mighty forest has been felled!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let the pine howl, because the cedar has fallen; for the mighty men have been greatly afflicted: howl, ye oaks of the land of Basan; for the thickly planted forest has been torn down.

Contemporary English Version
Cry, you cypress trees! The glorious cedars have fallen and are rotting. Cry, you oak trees of Bashan! The dense forest has been chopped down.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Howl, thou fir tree, for the cedar is fallen, for the mighty are laid waste: howl, ye oaks of Basan, because the fenced forest is cut down.

English Revised Version
Howl, O fir tree, for the cedar is fallen, because the goodly ones are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan, for the strong forest is come down.

Good News Translation
Weep and wail, cypress trees--the cedars have fallen; those glorious trees have been destroyed! Weep and wail, oaks of Bashan--the dense forest has been cut down!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Cry, cypress trees, because the cedars have fallen and the stately trees have been destroyed. Cry, oak trees of Bashan, because your dense forest has fallen down.

International Standard Version
Wail, cypress tree, for the cedar has fallen while the stately trees are destroyed. Wail, oak trees of Bashan, for the old growth forest has been cut down.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wail, O cypress-tree, for the cedar is fallen; Because the glorious ones are spoiled; Wail, O ye oaks of Bashan, For the strong forest is come down.

Literal Standard Version
Howl, O fir, for the cedar has fallen, For their majestic ones were destroyed, Howl, you oaks of Bashan, For the enclosed forest has come down,

NET Bible
Howl, fir tree, because the cedar has fallen; the majestic trees have been destroyed. Howl, oaks of Bashan, because the impenetrable forest has fallen.

New Heart English Bible
Wail, fir tree, for the cedar has fallen, because the stately ones are destroyed. Wail, you oaks of Bashan, for the strong forest has come down.

World English Bible
Wail, fir tree, for the cedar has fallen, because the stately ones are destroyed. Wail, you oaks of Bashan, for the strong forest has come down.

Young's Literal Translation
Howl, O fir, for fallen hath the cedar, For their honourable ones were destroyed, Howl, ye oaks of Bashan, For come down hath the fenced forest,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Doomed Flock
1Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may consume your cedars! 2Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen; the majestic trees are ruined! Wail, O oaks of Bashan, for the dense forest has been cut down! 3Listen to the wailing of the shepherds, for their glory is in ruins. Listen to the roaring of the young lions, for the thickets of the Jordan are destroyed.…

Cross References
Isaiah 2:13
against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up, against all the oaks of Bashan,

Ezekiel 27:6
Of oaks from Bashan they made your oars; of wood from the coasts of Cyprus they made your deck, inlaid with ivory.

Zechariah 11:1
Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may consume your cedars!

Zechariah 11:3
Listen to the wailing of the shepherds, for their glory is in ruins. Listen to the roaring of the young lions, for the thickets of the Jordan are destroyed.


Treasury of Scripture

Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O you oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.

Howl.

Isaiah 2:12-17
For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: …

Isaiah 10:33,34
Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled…

Ezekiel 31:2,3,17
Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude; Whom art thou like in thy greatness? …

mighty.

Isaiah 32:15-19
Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest…

Ezekiel 20:46
Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

forest of the vintage.









Verse 2. - Howl, fir tree. A species of cypress is intended, or, as some say, the Aleppo pine. It is the tree of which Solomon made floors, doom, and ceiling in his temple (1 Kings 6:15, 34), and David harps (2 Samuel 6:5). The prophet dramatically calls on this tree to wail for the fate of the cedar, as being about to suffer the same destruction. The mighty; μεγιστᾶνες, "the chieftains" (Septuagint). Trees are being spoken of, and so the primary sense is, "the goodly" (Ezekiel 17:23) or "glorious trees." Metaphorically, the chiefs of Israel may be intended. Bashan, famous for its oaks, is next visited by the invading force, and its trees are felled for the use of the enemy. The forest of the vintage. The Authorized Version here follows, very inappropriately, the correction of the Keri. The original reading should be retained and translated, "the inaccessible forest" - an expression appropriate to Lebanon. If Lebanon is not spared, much less shall Bashan escape. LXX., ὁ δρυμὸς ὁ σύμφυτος, "the close-planted wood;" Vulgate, saltus munitus, "defenced forest."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Wail,
הֵילֵ֤ל (hê·lêl)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 3213: To howl, make a howling

O cypress,
בְּרוֹשׁ֙ (bə·rō·wōš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1265: A cypress, tree, a lance, a musical instrument

for
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

the cedar
אֶ֔רֶז (’e·rez)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 730: A cedar tree

has fallen;
נָ֣פַל (nā·p̄al)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5307: To fall, lie

the majestic [trees]
אַדִּרִ֖ים (’ad·di·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 117: Wide, large, powerful

are ruined!
שֻׁדָּ֑דוּ (šud·dā·ḏū)
Verb - Pual - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7703: To deal violently with, despoil, devastate, ruin

Wail,
הֵילִ֙ילוּ֙ (hê·lî·lū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 3213: To howl, make a howling

O oaks
אַלּוֹנֵ֣י (’al·lō·w·nê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 437: An oak, other strong tree

of Bashan,
בָשָׁ֔ן (ḇā·šān)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 1316: Bashan -- 'smooth', a region East of the Jordan

for
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

the dense
הַבָּצִֽיר׃ (hab·bā·ṣîr)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1219: To cut off, make inaccessible, enclose

forest
יַ֥עַר (ya·‘ar)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3293: A copse of bushes, a forest, honey in the comb

has been cut down!
יָרַ֖ד (yā·raḏ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3381: To come or go down, descend


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