Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Isaiah 21:5

Context
NETBible

Arrange the table, lay out 1  the carpet, eat and drink! 2  Get up, you officers, smear oil on the shields! 3 

XREF

Isa 13:2,17,18; Isa 22:13,14; Isa 45:1-3; Jer 51:11,27,28; Da 5:1-5; 1Co 15:32

NET © Notes

tn The precise meaning of the verb in this line is debated. Some prefer to derive the form from the homonymic צָפֹה (tsafoh, “keep watch”) and translate “post a guard” (cf. KJV “watch in the watchtower”; ASV “set the watch”).

tn The verbal forms in the first three lines are infinitives absolute, which are functioning here as finite verbs. It is uncertain if the forms should have an imperatival or indicative/descriptive force here.

sn Smearing the shields with oil would make them more flexible and effective in battle. See J. N. Oswalt, Isaiah (NICOT), 1:394.



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