Isaiah 47:2

“Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Take the milstones and grinde meale, vncouer thy lockes: make bare the legge: vncouer the thigh, passe ouer the riuers.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Take the millstones and grind meal. Remove your veil, strip off the skirt, Uncover the leg, cross the rivers.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Take the millstones, and grind meal; remove thy veil, strip off the train, uncover the leg, pass through the rivers.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Take the crushing-stones and get the meal crushed: take off your veil, put away your robe, let your legs be uncovered, go through the rivers.
- Basic English Bible

Take the millstones, and grind meal; remove thy veil, lift up the train, uncover the leg, pass over rivers:
- Darby Bible

Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
- Webster's Bible

Take the millstones, and grind meal; remove your veil, strip off the train, uncover the leg, pass through the rivers.
- World English Bible

Take millstones, and grind flour, Remove thy veil, draw up the skirt, Uncover the leg, pass over the floods.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Take the millstones, and grind meal; remove thy veil, strip off the train, uncover the leg, pass through the rivers.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 47:2


47:2 Millstones - Thou shalt be brought to the basest slavery, which grinding at the mill was esteemed. For this work was not performed by horses, as now it is, but by the labour of slaves and captives. Grind - Grind bread - corn into meal for thy master's use. Uncover - Take off the ornaments wherewith such women as were of good quality, used to cover and dress their heads. These are predictions of what they should be forced to do or suffer. Thigh - Gird up thy garments close and short about thee, that thou mayest be fit for travelling on foot, and for passing over those rivers, through which thou wilt be constrained to wade, in the way to the land of thy captivity.


Discussion for Isaiah 47

  • Joycelyn Mack
    I believed even though God was wrath with Israel, he put them in the hands of the Chaldean because he saw good in them in spite of; but they became jealous of Israel and began to treat them unkind in very harsh ways as their wicked increased This treatment displeased the Lord as a result he send a warning to Babylonians of his intentions which result from their behaviors against him. He is God
  • A disciple
    Hi Irene; Do you understand what happened by the first carrying away of Israel by Assyria, and then of Jerusalem and Judah by Nebuchadnezzar? The kingdom of God through the house of David was taken away because they were unworthy; and so until the end of the times of the Gentiles are they, and we, subjected to the Nations. For Jesus' sake we accept and submit to the punishment till Jesus returns.
  • Irene123
    The 70 yrs. Babylonian captivity; God didn't begin to 'feel sorry' for His people and 'changed His mind' after - 70 yrs ?! are you kidding me?! God is not a man to change; I change not, therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed, Mal. 3:6. The 70 yrs. was His plan. The God I serve KNOWS what He is about!!! Thank God I can't change His mind! I want a GOD: not a marshmallow.
  • Lu2677
    Val, Jesus is God. Amen
  • Val
    I will not meet you as a man ] is the comment from god if so than who is jesus?
  • Bobbie Zaremba
    I THINK ISIAH WAS SPEAKING TO THE BABYLONIAN NATION TELLING THEM THAT THEY WERE GOING TO LOSE THEIR POWER IN THE WORLD. ISIAH TOLD THEM THAT GOD HAD ALLOWED HIS PEOPLE, THE JEWS, TO COME INTO CAPTIVITY TO THE BABYLON NATION TO PUNISH THEM BUT THAT HE WAS HAVNG A CHANGE OF HEART SEEING HOW BADLY THE BABYLONIANS TREATED HIS PEOPLE AND THEIR SUFFERING .HE WAS LETTING THE BABYLONIANS KNOW THAT REDEMPTION WAS NEAR FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE FROM THE BONDS OF SERVITUDE TO THEM AND THAT THE BABYLONIAN GREATNESS AS A NATION WOULD BE GREATLY DIMINISHED .

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