Isaiah 9:10
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English Standard Version
“The bricks have fallen, but we will build with dressed stones; the sycamores have been cut down, but we will put cedars in their place.”

King James Bible
The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.

American Standard Version
The bricks are fallen, but we will build with hewn stone; the sycomores are cut down, but we will put cedars in their place.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with square stones: they have cut down the sycamores, but we will change them for cedars.

English Revised Version
The bricks are fallen, but we will build with hewn stone: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.

Webster's Bible Translation
The bricks have fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.

Isaiah 9:10 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"For the yoke of its burden and the stick of its neck, the stick of its oppressor, Thou hast broken to splinters, as in the day of Midian." The suffixes refer to the people (hâēâm). Instead of soblō, from sōbel, we have intentionally the more musical form סבּלו (with dagesh dirimens and chateph kametz under the influence of the previous u instead of the simple sheva). The rhythm of the v. of anapaestic. "Its burden" (subbolo) and "its oppressor" (nogēs bō) both recall to mind the Egyptian bondage (Exodus 2:11; Exodus 5:6). The future deliverance, which the prophet here celebrates, would be the counterpart of the Egyptian. But as the whole of the great nation of Israel was then redeemed, whereas only a small remnant would participate in the final redemption, he compares it to the day of Midian, when Gideon broke the seven years' dominion of Midian, not with a great army, but with a handful of resolute warriors, strong in the Lord (Judges 7). The question suggests itself here, Who is the hero, Gideon's antitype, through whom all this is to occur? The prophet does not say; but building up one clause upon another with כּי, he gives first of all the reason for the cessation of the oppressive dominion of the imperial power - namely, the destruction of all the military stores of the enemy.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

bricks

1 Kings 7:9-12 All these were of costly stones, according to the measures of hewed stones, sawed with saws, within and without...

1 Kings 10:27 And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycomore trees that are in the vale...

Malachi 1:4 Whereas Edom said, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus said the LORD of hosts, They shall build...

Cross References
Luke 19:4
So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.

Hosea 8:14
For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces, and Judah has multiplied fortified cities; so I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour her strongholds.

Malachi 1:4
If Edom says, "We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins," the LORD of hosts says, "They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called 'the wicked country,' and 'the people with whom the LORD is angry forever.'"

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