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Isaiah 14:19


14:19 But you have been thrown out of your grave

like a shoot that is thrown away. 1 

You lie among 2  the slain,

among those who have been slashed by the sword,

among those headed for 3  the stones of the pit, 4 

as if you were a mangled corpse. 5 

1 tn Heb “like a shoot that is abhorred.” The simile seems a bit odd; apparently it refers to a small shoot that is trimmed from a plant and tossed away. Some prefer to emend נֵצֶר (netser, “shoot”); some propose נֵפֶל (nefel, “miscarriage”). In this case one might paraphrase: “like a horrible-looking fetus that is delivered when a woman miscarries.”

2 tn Heb “are clothed with.”

3 tn Heb “those going down to.”

4 tn בּוֹר (bor) literally means “cistern”; cisterns were constructed from stones. On the metaphorical use of “cistern” for the underworld, see the note at v. 15.

5 tn Heb “like a trampled corpse.” Some take this line with what follows.

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