Isaiah 8:21

“And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they shall passe through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to passe, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselues, and curse their King, and their God, and looke vpward.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

They will pass through the land hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse their king and their God as they face upward.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they shall pass through it, sore distressed and hungry; and it shall come to pass that, when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse by their king and by their God, and turn their faces upward:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he will go through the land in bitter trouble and in need of food; and when he is unable to get food, he will become angry, cursing his king and his God, and his eyes will be turned to heaven on high;
- Basic English Bible

And they shall pass through it, hard pressed and hungry; and it shall come to pass when they are hungry, they will fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and will gaze upward:
- Darby Bible

And they shall pass through it, distressed and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
- Webster's Bible

They will pass through it, very distressed and hungry; and it will happen that when they are hungry, they will worry, and curse by their king and by their God. They will turn their faces upward,
- World English Bible


- Youngs Literal Bible

And they shall pass this way that are sore bestead and hungry; and it shall come to pass that, when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse by their king and by their God, and, whether they turn their faces upward,
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 8:21


8:21 It - Their own land. Hungry - Sorely distressed, and destitute of food, and all necessaries. Their king - Either because he doth not relieve them; or because by his foolish counsels, he brought them into these miseries. God - Their idol, to whom they trusted, and whom they now find unable to help them. Look - To heaven for help.


Discussion for Isaiah 8

  • Steve morrow
    Isaiah 8:20 to the law and to the testimony if they speak not according to this word it is because there is no light in them
  • BSP
    Verse 13 shows that it is Jehovah God that we should fear. We may have a measure of fear of men, but God is all powerful and we should have more fear of Him and displeasing Him than any man.
  • Astone Kandro
    Trust in God is vital for any true success to be released in our lives.
  • Enwerem Gabriel
    This chapter 8v17 to 20 is to let the whole world and especially Christians know that God is in control of all situations and anyone who seeks, believes and calls on Him shall be a winner all the time. "Shall people not seek their God?" I pray for our brethren in Arab nations, may our God strengthen them in this time of tribulation in Jesus name Amen.
  • Harycollins
    Verses 9 10 of this chapter has clearly made us the children of to know that no matter how many or powerful our enemies can be, as long as GOD is with us they can do but nothing.These are verses that should boost our moral.
  • Femi Ogunbekun for verse 10
    We need God 's approval expressly for any action to be activated

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