Isaiah 8:21
Good News Translation
The people will wander through the land, discouraged and hungry. In their hunger and their anger they will curse their king and their God. They may look up to the sky

Contemporary English Version
They will go around in great pain and will become so hungry that they will angrily curse their king and their gods. And when they try to find help in heaven

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they shall pass by it, they shall fall, and be hungry: and when they shall be hungry, they will be angry, and curse their king, and their God, and look upwards.

New American Bible
He will pass through it hard-pressed and hungry, and when hungry, shall become enraged, and curse king and gods. He will look upward,

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And they shall pass by it, they shall fall, and be hungry: and when they shall be hungry, they will be angry, and curse their king, and their God, and look upwards.

through

Isaiah 8:7,8 Therefore behold the Lord will bring upon them the waters of the river strong and many, the king of the Assyrians, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and shall overflow all his banks. . . .

hardly bestead

Isaiah 9:20 And he shall turn to the right hand, and shall be hungry: and shall eat on the left hand, and shall not be filled: every one shall eat the flesh of his own arm: Manasses Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasses, and they together shall be against Juda.

Deuteronomy 28:33,34,53-57 May a people which thou knowest not, eat the fruits of thy land, and all thy labours: and mayst thou always suffer oppression, and be crushed at all times. . . .

2 Kings 25:3 The ninth day of the month: and a famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

Jeremiah 14:18 If I go forth into the fields, behold the slain with the sword: and if I enter into the city, behold them that are consumed with famine. The prophet also and the priest are gone into a land which they knew not.

Jeremiah 52:6 And in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, a famine overpowered the city: and there was no food for the people of the land.

Lamentations 4:4,5,9,10 Daleth. The tongue of the sucking child hath stuck to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the little ones have asked for bread, and there was none to break it unto them. . . .

they shall fret

Proverbs 19:3 The folly of a man supplanteth his steps: and he fretteth in his mind against God.

curse

Exodus 22:28 Thou shalt not speak ill of the gods, and the prince of thy people thou shalt not curse.

2 Kings 6:33 While he was yet speaking to them, the messenger appeared, who was coming to him. And he said: Behold, so great an evil is from the Lord: what shall I look for more from the Lord?

Job 1:11 But stretch forth thy hand a little, and touch all that he hath, and see if he bless thee not to thy face.

Job 2:5,9 But put forth thy hand, and touch his bone and his flesh, and then thou shalt see that he will bless thee to thy face. . . .

Revelation 9:20,21 And the rest of the men, who were not slain by these plagues, did not do penance from the works of their hands, that they should not adore devils and idols of gold and silver and brass and stone and wood, which neither can see nor hear nor walk: . . .

Revelation 16:9-11 And men were scorched with great heat: and they blasphemed the name of God, who hath power over these plagues. Neither did they penance to give him glory. . . .

Context
Darkness and Light
20To the law rather, and to the testimony. And if they speak not according to this word, they shall not have the morning light. 21And they shall pass by it, they shall fall, and be hungry: and when they shall be hungry, they will be angry, and curse their king, and their God, and look upwards.22And they shall look to the earth, and behold trouble and darkness, weakness and distress, and a mist following them, and they cannot fly away from their distress.…
Cross References
Leviticus 24:11
And when he had blasphemed the name, and had cursed it, he was brought to Moses. (Now his mother was called Salumith, the daughter of Dabri, of the tribe of Dan.)

1 Samuel 8:18
And you shall cry out in that day from the face of the king, whom you have chosen to yourselves: and the Lord will not hear you in that day, because you desired unto yourselves a king.

2 Kings 6:33
While he was yet speaking to them, the messenger appeared, who was coming to him. And he said: Behold, so great an evil is from the Lord: what shall I look for more from the Lord?

Job 18:12
Let his strength be wasted with famine, and let hunger invade his ribs.

Proverbs 19:3
The folly of a man supplanteth his steps: and he fretteth in his mind against God.

Isaiah 9:20
And he shall turn to the right hand, and shall be hungry: and shall eat on the left hand, and shall not be filled: every one shall eat the flesh of his own arm: Manasses Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasses, and they together shall be against Juda.

Isaiah 9:21
After all these things his indignation is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Isaiah 14:30
And the firstborn of the poor shall be fed, and the poor shall rest with confidence: and I will make thy root perish with famine, and I will kill thy remnant.

Isaiah 51:19
There are two things that have happened to thee: who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword, who shall comfort thee?

Isaiah 59:9
Therefore is judgment far from us, and justice shall not overtake us. We looked for light, and behold darkness: brightness, and we have walked in the dark.

Isaiah 65:13
Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Behold my servants shall eat, and you shall be hungry: behold my servants shall drink, and you shall be thirsty.

Additional Translations
They will roam the land, dejected and hungry. When they are famished, they will become enraged, and looking upward, they will curse their king and their God.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.

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:

And famine shall come sorely upon you, and it shall come to pass, that when ye shall be hungry, ye shall be grieved, and ye shall speak ill of the prince and your fathers' ordinances: and they shall look up to heaven above,

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:

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 by their king and by their God, and turn their faces upward.

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.

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,

-- And it hath passed over into it, hardened and hungry, And it hath come to pass, That it is hungry, and hath been wroth, And made light of its king, and of its God, And hath looked upwards.
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