English Standard Version
For they are like entangled thorns, like drunkards as they drink; they are consumed like stubble fully dried.
King James Bible
For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.
American Standard Version
For entangled like thorns, and drunken as with their drink, they are consumed utterly as dry stubble.
For as thorns embrace one another: so while they are feasting and drinking together, they shall be consumed as stubble that is fully dry.
English Revised Version
For though they be like tangled thorns, told be drenched as it were in their drink, they shall be devoured utterly as dry stubble.
Webster's Bible Translation
For while they are folded together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
But the men (the seamen) do not venture to carry out this sentence at once. They try once more to reach the land and escape from the storm, which is threatening them with destruction, without so serious a sacrifice. יחתּרוּ, lit., they broke through, sc. through the waves, to bring (the ship) back to the land, i.e., they tried to reach the land by rowing and steering. Châthar does not mean to row, still less to twist or turn round (Hitzig), but to break through; here to break through the waves, to try to overcome them, to which the παρεβιάζοντο of the lxx points. As they could not accomplish this, however, because the sea continued to rage against them (סער עליהם, was raging against them), they prayed thus to Jehovah: "We beseech Thee, let us not (אנּא equals אל־נא) perish for the sake of the soul of this man (בּנפשׁ, lit., for the soul, as in 2 Samuel 14:7 after Deuteronomy 19:21), and lay not upon us innocent blood," - that is to say, not "do not let us destroy an innocent man in the person of this man" (Hitzig), but, according to Deuteronomy 21:8, "do not impute his death to us, if we cast him into the sea, as bloodguiltiness deserving death;" "for Thou, O Jehovah, hast done as it pleased Thee," - namely, inasmuch as, by sending the storm and determining the lot, Thou hast so ordained that we must cast him into the sea as guilty, in order to expiate Thy wrath. They offer this prayer, not because they have no true conception of the guilt of Jonah, who is not a murderer or blasphemer, inasmuch as according to their notions, he is not a sinner deserving death (Hitzig), but because they regard Jonah as a prophet or servant of the Almighty God, upon whom, from fear of his God, they do not venture to lay their hand. "We see, therefore, that although they had never enjoyed the teaching of the law, they had been so taught by nature, that they knew very well that the blood of man was dear to God, and precious in His sight" (Calvin).
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2 Samuel 23:6
But worthless men are all like thorns that are thrown away, for they cannot be taken with the hand;
They surrounded me like bees; they went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom go up like dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
For wickedness burns like a fire; it consumes briers and thorns; it kindles the thickets of the forest, and they roll upward in a column of smoke.
The light of Israel will become a fire, and his Holy One a flame, and it will burn and devour his thorns and briers in one day.
Behold, they are like stubble; the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame. No coal for warming oneself is this, no fire to sit before!
"Come," they say, "let me get wine; let us fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow will be like this day, great beyond measure."
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