But how Esau will be ransacked, his hidden treasures pillaged!
"O how Esau will be ransacked, And his hidden treasures searched out!
Every nook and cranny of Edom will be searched and looted. Every treasure will be found and taken.
Oh, they'll take Esau apart, piece by piece, empty his purse and pockets.
How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his secret stores looked for!
How Esau has been pillaged, his treasures searched out!
"Oh, how Esau shall be searched out! How his hidden treasures shall be sought after!
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|NET © Notes||
1 tn Heb “Esau.” The name Esau here is a synecdoche of part for whole referring to the Edomites. Cf. “Jacob” in v. 10, where the meaning is “Israelites.”
2 tn Heb “How Esau will be searched!”; NAB “How they search Esau.” The Hebrew verb חָפַשׂ (khafas, “to search out”) is used metonymically here for plundering the hidden valuables of a conquered people (e.g., 1 Kgs 20:6).
3 tn Heb “his” (so KJV, NASB, NIV, NRSV); this is singular agreeing with “Esau” in the previous line.
4 tn Heb “searched out” (so NASB, NRSV); NIV “pillaged”; TEV “looted”; NLT “found and taken.” This pictures the violent action of conquering warriors ransacking the city in order to loot and plunder its valuables.