47:9 Both of these will come upon you
suddenly, in one day!
You will lose your children and be widowed. 1
You will be overwhelmed by these tragedies, 2
despite 3 your many incantations
and your numerous amulets. 4
and your many incantations,
which you have faithfully recited 7 since your youth!
Maybe you will be successful 8 –
maybe you will scare away disaster. 9
Let them take their stand –
the ones who see omens in the sky,
who gaze at the stars,
who make monthly predictions –
let them rescue you from the disaster that is about to overtake you! 11
1 tn Heb “loss of children and widowhood.” In the Hebrew text the phrase is in apposition to “both of these” in line 1.
2 tn Heb “according to their fullness, they will come upon you.”
3 tn For other examples of the preposition bet (בְּ) having the sense of “although, despite,” see BDB 90 s.v. III.7.
4 sn Reference is made to incantations and amulets, both of which were important in Mesopotamian religion. They were used to ward off danger and demons.
5 tn Heb “stand” (so KJV, ASV); NASB, NRSV “Stand fast.”
7 tn Heb “in that which you have toiled.”
8 tn Heb “maybe you will be able to profit.”
10 tn Heb “you are tired because of the abundance of your advice.”
11 tn Heb “let them stand and rescue you – the ones who see omens in the sky, who gaze at the stars, who make known by months – from those things which are coming upon you.”