Isaiah 56:10

“His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

His watchmen are blinde: they are all ignorant, they are all dumbe dogs, they cannot barke; sleeping, lying downe, louing to slumber.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

His watchmen are blind, All of them know nothing. All of them are mute dogs unable to bark, Dreamers lying down, who love to slumber;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber.
- American Standard Version (1901)

His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all dogs without tongues, unable to make a sound; stretched out dreaming, loving sleep.
- Basic English Bible

His watchmen are all of them blind, they are without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs that cannot bark, dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber:
- Darby Bible

His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
- Webster's Bible

His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they can't bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber.
- World English Bible

Blind [are] his watchmen -- all of them, They have not known, All of them [are] dumb dogs, they are not able to bark, Dozing, lying down, loving to slumber.
- Youngs Literal Bible

His watchmen are all blind, without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; raving, lying down, loving to slumber.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 56:10


56:10 His - Israel's. Watchmen - Priests and teachers; he mentions only the teachers, because ignorance was most shameful in them, but hereby he supposes the gross ignorance of the people. Bark - They are also slothful and negligent in instructing the people, and do not faithfully reprove them for their sins.


Discussion for Isaiah 56:10

  • Brother Tim,
    You implied that 'voting for budget cuts that hurt the military that is responsible for protecting the Country is somehow negative.í Where in the Bible does it say we need a massive military, and a 60B/month defence budget? Do you justify the atom bombs, Gulf of Tonkin Incident, Iraq war, 9/11 (not the result but the perpetrators), and so forth which many consider fake? Please letís remain in the word of God, and separate ourselves from the military and politics. Thanks and all the best.
  • Timothy Wayne George for verse 10
    While this passage does speak of political leaders, but primarily the religious leaders who are like dogs that are supposed to bark when they see danger. Instead the leaders have become dumb dogs who refuse to bark, but are slothful, as well as only concerned about their personal gain. How many politicians go to Washington to become millionaires while voting for budget cuts that hurt the military that is responsible for protecting the Country. Jesus warned that the leaders were blind guides, not knowing the hour of their visitation. Therefore Jesus wept over Jerusalem, and warned them their house would be left desolate. We pray that our leaders will wake up before it is too late. Will the smart dogs start barking?
  • Bob rice for verse 10
    The "watchmen" as described in 56:10 "...the dogs are greedy...they have turned to their own way.." vs.11. This described the politicians beginning the White House, the House and the Senate! Politicians today especially the liberal deomocrats (socialists) are only interested in their own gain and care less for the American people. Obama and the democrats have driven our economy down the tube with atleast 12 Trillion $!

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