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Isaiah 17:12


17:12 The many nations massing together are as good as dead, 1 

those who make a commotion as loud as the roaring of the sea’s waves. 2 

The people making such an uproar are as good as dead, 3 

those who make an uproar as loud as the roaring of powerful waves. 4 

Isaiah 51:15


51:15 I am the Lord your God,

who churns up the sea so that its waves surge.

The Lord who commands armies is his name!

1 tn Heb “Woe [to] the massing of the many nations.” The word הוֹי (hoy) could be translated as a simple interjection here (“ah!”), but since the following verses announce the demise of these nations, it is preferable to take הוֹי as a funeral cry. See the note on the first phrase of 1:4.

2 tn Heb “like the loud noise of the seas, they make a loud noise.”

3 tn Heb “the uproar of the peoples.” The term הוֹי (hoy, “woe, ah”) does double duty in the parallel structure of the verse; the words “are as good as dead” are supplied in the translation to reflect this.

4 tn Heb “like the uproar of mighty waters they are in an uproar.”

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