Isaiah 32:19
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New International Version
Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely,

New Living Translation
Even if the forest should be destroyed and the city torn down,

English Standard Version
And it will hail when the forest falls down, and the city will be utterly laid low.

New American Standard Bible
And it will hail when the forest comes down, And the city will be utterly laid low.

King James Bible
When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

Christian Standard Bible
But hail will level the forest, and the city will sink into the depths.

Contemporary English Version
even if hailstones flatten forests and cities.

Good News Translation
(But hail will fall on the forests, and the city will be torn down.)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But hail will level the forest, and the city will sink into the depths.

International Standard Version
But it will hail when the forest comes down, and the wood will be leveled completely.

NET Bible
Even if the forest is destroyed and the city is annihilated,

New Heart English Bible
And it will hail when the forest comes down, and the wood is brought low in humiliation.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The forest will be flattened because of hail, and the city will be completely leveled.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it shall hail, in the downfall of the forest; But the city shall descend into the valley.

New American Standard 1977
And it will hail when the forest comes down, And the city will be utterly laid low.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the hail, when it shall come down, shall be in the forest; and the city shall be completely laid low.

King James 2000 Bible
When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be brought low in humiliation.

American King James Version
When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

American Standard Version
But it shall hail in the downfall of the forest; and the city shall be utterly laid low.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But hail shall be in the descent of the forest, and the city shall be made very low.

Darby Bible Translation
And it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

English Revised Version
But it shall hail, in the downfall of the forest; and the city shall be utterly laid low.

Webster's Bible Translation
When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

World English Bible
Though hail flattens the forest, and the city is leveled completely.

Young's Literal Translation
And it hath hailed in the going down of the forest, And in the valley is the city low.
Study Bible
The Women of Jerusalem
18Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation, And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places; 19And it will hail when the forest comes down, And the city will be utterly laid low. 20How blessed will you be, you who sow beside all waters, Who let out freely the ox and the donkey.…
Cross References
Isaiah 10:18
And He will destroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitful garden, both soul and body, And it will be as when a sick man wastes away.

Isaiah 10:19
And the rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number That a child could write them down.

Isaiah 24:10
The city of chaos is broken down; Every house is shut up so that none may enter.

Isaiah 24:12
Desolation is left in the city And the gate is battered to ruins.

Isaiah 25:2
For You have made a city into a heap, A fortified city into a ruin; A palace of strangers is a city no more, It will never be rebuilt.

Isaiah 26:5
"For He has brought low those who dwell on high, the unassailable city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He casts it to the dust.

Isaiah 27:10
For the fortified city is isolated, A homestead forlorn and forsaken like the desert; There the calf will graze, And there it will lie down and feed on its branches.

Isaiah 28:2
Behold, the Lord has a strong and mighty agent; As a storm of hail, a tempest of destruction, Like a storm of mighty overflowing waters, He has cast it down to the earth with His hand.

Isaiah 28:17
"I will make justice the measuring line And righteousness the level; Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies And the waters will overflow the secret place.

Isaiah 29:4
Then you will be brought low; From the earth you will speak, And from the dust where you are prostrate Your words will come. Your voice will also be like that of a spirit from the ground, And your speech will whisper from the dust.
Treasury of Scripture

When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

it shall

Isaiah 25:4 For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy …

Isaiah 28:2,17 Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest …

Isaiah 30:30 And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall …

Isaiah 37:24 By your servants have you reproached the Lord, and have said, By …

Ezekiel 13:11-13 Say to them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall: …

Matthew 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, …

Revelation 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled …

on the

Zechariah 11:2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: …

the city shall be low. or, the city shall be utterly abased

Isaiah 14:22,23 For I will rise up against them, said the LORD of hosts, and cut …

Isaiah 26:5 For he brings down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he lays …

Nahum 1:1,8 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite…

Nahum 2:10-13 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melts, and the knees …

Revelation 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast …

(19) When it shall hail, coming down on the forest.--Better, But it shall hail. A time of sharp judgment, "hailstones and coals of fire," is to precede that of blessedness and peace. Of such a judgment "hail" was the natural symbol. (Comp. Isaiah 30:30; Ezekiel 13:13.) The "forest" stands in the symbolism of prophecy for the rulers and princes of any kingdom, as in Isaiah 10:34 for those of Assyria, and here probably of Judah. Not a few commentators refer the words here also to Assyria, but the city that follows is clearly Jerusalem, and the interpretation given above harmonises accordingly better with the context. Of that city Isaiah says that it shall be "brought down to a low estate," its pride humbled even to the ground, in order that it may afterwards be exalted.

Verse 19. - When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; rather, but it shall hail in the coming down (i.e. the destruction) of the forest. "The forest" has commonly been regarded as Assyria, on the strength of Isaiah 10:18, 19, 33, 34. Mr. Cheyne, however, suggests Judah, or the high and haughty ones of Judah, whose destruction was a necessary preliminary to the establishment of Christ's kingdom. May not God's enemies generally be meant? The city. Nineveh (Lowth, Gesenius, Rosenmüller); Jerusalem (Delitzsch, Knobel, Cheyne, Kay); "the city in which the hostility of the world to Jehovah will, in the latter days, be centralized" (Drechsler, Nagel) - the "world-power," in fact. The last view seems to give the best sense. When it shall hail, coming down on the forest,.... The people of God will be peaceable and quiet, safe and secure, when the judgments of God, signified by a "hail" storm, shall come upon antichrist, and the antichristian states, intended by the "forest", both for their numbers, and for their barrenness and unfruitfulness; see Revelation 16:21 and as so it sometimes is, by the disposition of divine Providence, that a storm of hail falls not upon fields and gardens, and the fruits of the earth, but upon forests and desert lands; and as the plague of hail fell upon the Egyptians, and not upon the Israelites in Goshen, to which some think the allusion is here; so will it be when God comes to take vengeance on the enemies of his people:

and the city shall be low in a low place: meaning not the city of Jerusalem, surrounded with mountains, built under hills, and so under the wind, and not exposed to the fury of a storm; but rather Babylon, built in a plain, in a low plain, and yet should be brought lower still; mystical Babylon is here meant, the city of Rome, that should "in humiliation be humbled", as the words may be rendered, that is, brought very low, exceeding low; see Isaiah 26:5 and which, at the time of the great hail, will be divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations shall fall, and Babylon be had in remembrance by the Lord to destroy it, Revelation 16:19. 19. Literally, "But it shall hail with coming down of the forest, and in lowness shall the city (Nineveh) be brought low; that is, humbled." The "hail" is Jehovah's wrathful visitation (Isa 30:30; 28:2, 17). The "forest" is the Assyrian host, dense as the trees of a forest (Isa 10:18, 19, 33, 34; Zec 11:2).32:9-20 When there was so much provocation given to the holy God, bad times might be expected. Alas! how many careless ones there are, who support self-indulgence by shameful niggardliness! We deserve to be deprived of the supports of life, when we make them the food of lusts. Let such tremble and be troubled. Blessed times shall be brought in by the pouring out of the Spirit from on high; then, and not till then, there will be good times. The present state of the Jews shall continue until a more abundant pouring out of the Spirit from on high. Peace and quietness shall be found in the way and work of righteousness. True satisfaction is to be had only in true religion. And real holiness is real happiness now, and shall be perfect happiness, that is, perfect holiness for ever. The good seed of the word shall be sown in all places, and be watered by Divine grace; and laborious, patient labourers shall be sent forth into God's husbandry.
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