Those who are well-fed hire themselves out to earn food, but the hungry no longer lack. Even 1 the barren woman gives birth to seven, 2 but the one with many children withers away. 3
Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry hunger no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away.
"Those who were full hire themselves out for bread, But those who were hungry cease to hunger. Even the barren gives birth to seven, But she who has many children languishes.
Those who were well fed are now starving; and those who were starving are now full. The barren woman now has seven children; but the woman with many children will have no more.
The well-fed are out begging in the streets for crusts, while the hungry are getting second helpings. The barren woman has a houseful of children, while the mother of many is bereft.
Those who were full are offering themselves as servants for bread; those who were in need are at rest; truly, she who had no children has become the mother of seven; and she who had a family is wasted with sorrow.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, And the hungry have ceased to hunger . Even the barren has borne seven, And she who has many children has become feeble.
[They that were] full
have hired out
themselves for bread
and [they that were] hungry
so that the barren
and she that hath many
is waxed feeble
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Those who are well-fed
themselves out to earn food
, but the hungry
no longer lack
woman gives birth
, but the one with many
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1 tc Against BHS but with the MT, the preposition (עַד, ’ad) should be taken with what follows rather than with what precedes. For this sense of the preposition see Job 25:5.
2 sn The number seven is used here in an ideal sense. Elsewhere in the OT having seven children is evidence of fertility as a result of God’s blessing on the family. See, for example, Jer 15:9, Ruth 4:15.
3 tn Or “languishes.”