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Isaiah 47:9


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 

Isaiah 49:21


49:21 Then you will think to yourself, 5 

‘Who bore these children for me?

I was bereaved and barren,

dismissed and divorced. 6 

Who raised these children?

Look, I was left all alone;

where did these children come from?’”

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 “and you will say in your heart.”

6 tn Or “exiled and thrust away”; NIV “exiled and rejected.”

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