Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Isaiah 28:10

Context
NET ©

Indeed, they will hear meaningless gibberish, senseless babbling, a syllable here, a syllable there. 1 

NIV ©

For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there."

NASB ©

"For He says, ‘Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there.’"

NLT ©

He tells us everything over and over again, a line at a time, in very simple words!"

MSG ©

'Da, da, da, da, blah, blah, blah, blah. That's a good little girl, that's a good little boy.'"

BBE ©

For it is one rule after another; one line after another; here a little, there a little.

NRSV ©

For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little."

NKJV ©

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little."


KJV
For precept
<06673>
[must be] upon precept
<06673>_,
precept
<06673>
upon precept
<06673>_;
line
<06957>
upon line
<06957>_,
line
<06957>
upon line
<06957>_;
here a little
<02191>_,
[and] there a little
<02191>_:
{must be: or, hath been}
NASB ©
"For He says, 'Order
<06673>
on order
<06673>
, order
<06673>
on order
<06673>
, Line
<06957>
on line
<06957>
, line
<06957>
on line
<06957>
, A little
<02191>
here
<08033>
, a little
<02191>
there
<08033>
.'"
HEBREW
Ms
<08033>
ryez
<02191>
Ms
<08033>
ryez
<02191>
wql
<06957>
wq
<06957>
wql
<06957>
wq
<06957>
wul
<06673>
wu
<06673>
wul
<06673>
wu
<06673>
yk (28:10)
<03588>
LXXM
yliqin
<2347
N-ASF
epi
<1909
PREP
yliqin
<2347
N-ASF
prosdecou
<4327
V-PMD-2S
elpida
<1680
N-ASF
ep
<1909
PREP
elpidi
<1680
N-DSF
eti
<2089
ADV
mikron
<3398
A-ASM
eti
<2089
ADV
mikron
<3398
A-ASM
NET © [draft] ITL
Indeed
<03588>
, they will hear meaningless
<06673>
gibberish
<06673>
, senseless
<06673>
babbling
<06673>
, a syllable here
<06957>
, a syllable there
<06957>
.
NET ©

Indeed, they will hear meaningless gibberish, senseless babbling, a syllable here, a syllable there. 1 

NET © Notes

tn The meaning of this verse has been debated. The text has literally “indeed [or “for”] a little there, a little there” ( כִּי צַו לָצָו צַו לָצָו קַו לָקָו קַו, ki tsav latsav, tsav latsav, qav laqav, qav laqav). The present translation assumes that the repetitive syllables are gibberish that resembles baby talk (cf v. 9b) and mimics what the people will hear when foreign invaders conquer the land (v. 11). In this case זְעֵיר (zÿer, “a little”) refers to the short syllabic structure of the babbling (cf. CEV). Some take צַו (tsav) as a derivative of צָוָה (tsavah, “command”) and translate the first part of the statement as “command after command, command after command.” Proponents of this position (followed by many English versions) also take קַו (qav) as a noun meaning “measuring line” (see v. 17), understood here in the abstract sense of “standard” or “rule.”



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