Exodus 32:18

NET ©

Moses said, “It is not the sound of those who shout for victory, nor is it the sound of those who cry because they are overcome, but the sound of singing I hear.”

NIV ©

Moses replied: "It is not the sound of victory, it is not the sound of defeat; it is the sound of singing that I hear."

NASB ©

But he said, "It is not the sound of the cry of triumph, Nor is it the sound of the cry of defeat; But the sound of singing I hear."

NLT ©

But Moses replied, "No, it’s neither a cry of victory nor a cry of defeat. It is the sound of a celebration."

MSG ©

But Moses said, Those aren't songs of victory, And those aren't songs of defeat, I hear songs of people throwing a party.

BBE ©

And Moses said, It is not the voice of men who are overcoming in the fight, or the cry of those who have been overcome; it is the sound of songs which comes to my ear.

NRSV ©

But he said, "It is not the sound made by victors, or the sound made by losers; it is the sound of revelers that I hear."

NKJV ©

But he said: " It is not the noise of the shout of victory, Nor the noise of the cry of defeat, But the sound of singing I hear."

KJV
And he said
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[It is] not the voice
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of [them that] shout
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for mastery
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neither [is it] the voice
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of [them that] cry
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for being overcome
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[but] the noise
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of [them that] sing
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do I hear
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{being...: Heb. weakness}
HEBREW
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twne
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lwq
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Nya
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rmayw (32:18)
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LXXM
kai
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CONJ
legei
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V-PAI-3S
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ADV
estin
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V-PAI-3S
fwnh
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N-NSF
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V-PAPGP
kat
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PREP
iscun
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N-ASF
oude
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CONJ
fwnh
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N-NSF
exarcontwn
 
V-PAPGP
trophv
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N-GSF
alla
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CONJ
fwnhn
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N-ASF
exarcontwn
 
V-PAPGP
oinou
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N-GSM
egw
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P-NS
akouw
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V-PAI-1S
NET © [draft] ITL
Moses said
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, “It is not
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the sound
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of those who shout
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for victory
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, nor
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is it the sound
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of those who cry
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because they are overcome
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, but the sound
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of singing
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I
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hear
<08085>
.”
NET © Notes

tn Heb “he”; the referent (Moses) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

tn Heb “the sound of the answering of might,” meaning it is not the sound of shouting in victory (U. Cassuto, Exodus, 418).

tn Heb “the sound of the answering of weakness,” meaning the cry of the defeated (U. Cassuto, Exodus, 415).

tn Heb “answering in song” (a play on the twofold meaning of the word).

sn See A. Newman, “Compositional Analysis and Functional Ambiguity Equivalence: Translating Exodus 32, 17-18,” Babel 21 (1975): 29-35.