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Isaiah 47:9


47:9 Both of these will come upon you

suddenly, in one day!

You will lose your children and be widowed. 1 

You will be overwhelmed by these tragedies, 2 

despite 3  your many incantations

and your numerous amulets. 4 

Isaiah 47:12


47:12 Persist 5  in trusting 6  your amulets

and your many incantations,

which you have faithfully recited 7  since your youth!

Maybe you will be successful 8 

maybe you will scare away disaster. 9 

1 tn Heb “loss of children and widowhood.” In the Hebrew text the phrase is in apposition to “both of these” in line 1.

2 tn Heb “according to their fullness, they will come upon you.”

3 tn For other examples of the preposition bet (בְּ) having the sense of “although, despite,” see BDB 90 s.v. III.7.

4 sn Reference is made to incantations and amulets, both of which were important in Mesopotamian religion. They were used to ward off danger and demons.

5 tn Heb “stand” (so KJV, ASV); NASB, NRSV “Stand fast.”

6 tn The word “trusting” is supplied in the translation for clarification. See v. 9.

7 tn Heb “in that which you have toiled.”

8 tn Heb “maybe you will be able to profit.”

9 tn Heb “maybe you will cause to tremble.” The object “disaster” is supplied in the translation for clarification. See the note at v. 9.

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