Isaiah 18:5

“For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For afore the haruest when the bud is perfect, and the sowre grape is ripening in the flowre; hee shall both cut off the sprigges with pruning hookes, and take away and cut downe the branches.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For before the harvest, as soon as the bud blossoms And the flower becomes a ripening grape, Then He will cut off the sprigs with pruning knives And remove {and} cut away the spreading branches.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For before the harvest, when the blossom is over, and the flower becometh a ripening grape, he will cut off the sprigs with pruning-hooks, and the spreading branches will he take away `and' cut down.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For before the time of getting in the grapes, after the opening of the bud, when the flower has become a grape ready for crushing, he will take away the small branches with knives, cutting down and taking away the wide-stretching branches.
- Basic English Bible

For before the harvest, when the blossoming is over, and the flower becometh a ripening grape, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning-knives, and take away [and] cut down the branches.
- Darby Bible

For before the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning-hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.
- Webster's Bible

For before the harvest, when the blossom is over, and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he will cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and he will cut down and take away the spreading branches.
- World English Bible

For before harvest, when the flower is perfect, And the blossom is producing unripe fruit, Then hath [one] cut the sprigs with pruning hooks, And the branches he hath turned aside, cut down.
- Youngs Literal Bible

For before the harvest, when the blossom is over, and the bud becometh a ripening grape, He will cut off the sprigs with pruning-hooks, and the shoots will He take away and lop off.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 18:5


18:5 For - Before they receive the end of their hopes. When - When the bud or flower is turned into a grape, which gives hopes of good vintage. He - The Lord. The branches - Instead of gathering the grapes, shall cut down the tree, and throw it into the fire.


Discussion for Isaiah 18

  • David Nyok
    I think Isaiah was meaning South Sudan not America as some people think it is America that Isaiah.18,talk about,truly America is the super power but it is not what Isaiah talk about,let think spiritually.
  • Sammy G Kirika
    The land is Kenya which is south of source of River Nile and with Mount Kenya which the Queen of Sheba told King Solomon that her empire extended to.The God of High Mountains and Forests is the real Heavenly Father who our ancestors prayed to, rendered acceptable sacrifices and who the world knew were worshiping true God who answered their prayers immediately after their worship.
  • David
    This chapter refers to America. The people scattered and peeled are Iraq. The ensign in the mountains is referring to mt. Rushmore. God is telling us to watch this nation and look at how wicked it I'd here today.
  • Greg Volk for verse 1
    Does Isaiah 18:1 refer to America?
  • Sam
    the land shadowing the wing beyong the river of ethiopia is wast africa.isaiah warned what will happen to hebrew israelites .as moses told them in deuteronomy 28 v 15 and 68
  • Zerojhonny duot mabil
    I think the whole content is about South Sudan.... God have mercy on us

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