Isaiah 24:18
New International Version
Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit; whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare. The floodgates of the heavens are opened, the foundations of the earth shake.

New Living Translation
Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap, and those who escape the trap will be caught in a snare. Destruction falls like rain from the heavens; the foundations of the earth shake.

English Standard Version
He who flees at the sound of the terror shall fall into the pit, and he who climbs out of the pit shall be caught in the snare. For the windows of heaven are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble.

Berean Study Bible
Whoever flees the sound of panic will fall into the pit, and whoever climbs from the pit will be caught in the snare. For the windows of heaven are open, and the foundations of the earth are shaken.

King James Bible
And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.

New King James Version
And it shall be That he who flees from the noise of the fear Shall fall into the pit, And he who comes up from the midst of the pit Shall be caught in the snare; For the windows from on high are open, And the foundations of the earth are shaken.

New American Standard Bible
Then it will be that the one who flees the sound of terror will fall into the pit, And the one who climbs out of the pit will be caught in the snare; For the windows above are opened, and the foundations of the earth shake.

NASB 1995
Then it will be that he who flees the report of disaster will fall into the pit, And he who climbs out of the pit will be caught in the snare; For the windows above are opened, and the foundations of the earth shake.

NASB 1977
Then it will be that he who flees the report of disaster will fall into the pit, And he who climbs out of the pit will be caught in the snare; For the windows above are opened, and the foundations of the earth shake.

Amplified Bible
Then it will be that he who flees at the sound of terror will fall into the pit, And he who comes up out of the pit will be caught in the snare; For the windows of heaven are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble.

Christian Standard Bible
Whoever flees at the sound of panic will fall into a pit, and whoever escapes from the pit will be caught in a trap. For the floodgates on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth are shaken.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whoever flees at the sound of panic will fall into a pit, and whoever escapes from the pit will be caught in a trap. For the windows are opened from heaven, and the foundations of the earth are shaken.

American Standard Version
And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And whoever will escape from the sound of fear shall fall into a ditch, and whoever will come up from within a pit will be taken captive in a snare, because floods were opened from the high place and the foundations of the Earth shook

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And it shall come to pass, that he that flees from the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that comes up out of the pit shall be caught by the snare: for windows have been opened in heaven, and the foundations of the earth shall be shaken,

Contemporary English Version
If you are terrified and run, you will fall into a pit; if you crawl out of the pit, you will get caught in a trap. The sky has split apart like a window thrown open. The foundations of the earth have been shaken;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it shall come to pass, that he that shall flee from the noise of the fear, shall fall into the pit: and he that shall rid himself out of the pit, shall be taken in the snare: for the flood-gates from on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth shall be shaken.

English Revised Version
And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth do shake.

Good News Translation
Anyone who tries to escape from the terror will fall in a pit, and anyone who escapes from the pit will be caught in a trap. Torrents of rain will pour from the sky, and earth's foundations will shake.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever flees from news of a disaster will fall into a pit. Whoever climbs out of that pit will be caught in a trap. The floodgates in the sky will be opened, and the foundations of the earth will shake.

International Standard Version
Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit, and whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare. For the windows of judgment from above are opened, and the foundations of the earth are shaken.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the terror shall fall into the pit; And he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the trap; For the windows on high are opened, And the foundations of the earth do shake;

Literal Standard Version
And it has come to pass, He who is fleeing from the noise of the fear falls into the snare, And he who is coming up from the midst of the snare, Is captured by the trap, For windows have been opened on high, And foundations of the earth are shaken.

NET Bible
The one who runs away from the sound of the terror will fall into the pit; the one who climbs out of the pit, will be trapped by the snare. For the floodgates of the heavens are opened up and the foundations of the earth shake.

New Heart English Bible
It will happen that he who flees from the noise of the fear will fall into the pit; and he who comes up out of the midst of the pit will be taken in the snare; for the windows of heaven are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble.

World English Bible
It will happen that he who flees from the noise of the fear will fall into the pit; and he who comes up out of the midst of the pit will be taken in the snare; for the windows on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble.

Young's Literal Translation
And it hath come to pass, He who is fleeing from the noise of the fear Doth fall into the snare, And he who is coming up from the midst of the snare, Is captured by the gin, For windows on high have been opened, And shaken are foundations of the land.

Additional Translations ...
Context
God's Judgment on the Earth
17Terror and pit and snare await you, O dweller of the earth. 18 Whoever flees the sound of panic will fall into the pit, and whoever climbs from the pit will be caught in the snare. For the windows of heaven are open, and the foundations of the earth are shaken. 19The earth is utterly broken apart, the earth is split open, the earth is shaken violently.…

Cross References
Genesis 7:11
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.

Job 18:8
For his own feet lead him into a net, and he wanders into its mesh.

Job 20:24
Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow will pierce him.

Psalm 18:7
Then the earth shook and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains trembled; they were shaken because He burned with anger.

Psalm 46:2
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth is transformed and the mountains are toppled into the depths of the seas,

Ecclesiastes 9:12
For surely no man knows his time: Like fish caught in a cruel net or birds trapped in a snare, so men are ensnared in an evil time that suddenly falls upon them.

Isaiah 2:19
Men will flee to caves in the rocks and holes in the ground, away from the terror of the LORD and from the splendor of His majesty, when He rises to shake the earth.


Treasury of Scripture

And it shall come to pass, that he who flees from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that comes up out of the middle of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.

he who fleeth

Deuteronomy 32:23-26
I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them…

Joshua 10:10,11
And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Bethhoron, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah…

Job 18:8-16
For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare…

for the

Genesis 7:11
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

Genesis 19:24
Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

2 Kings 7:2
Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.

the foundations

Deuteronomy 32:22
For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

Psalm 18:7,15
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth…

Psalm 46:2,3
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; …









(18) The windows from on high are open . . .--The phrase reminds us of the narrative of the Flood in Genesis 7:11; Genesis 8:2. There was a second judgment on the defiled and corrupted land like that of the deluge. The next clause and the following verses were probably reminiscences of the earthquake in Uzziah's reign, and of the panic which it caused (Isaiah 2:19; Amos 1:1; Zechariah 14:5).

Verse 18. - The noise of the fear; i.e. the sound of the pursuers. Hunters pursued their game with shouts and cries. The windows from on high are open (comp. Genesis 7:11). It is not actually another flood that is threatened, but it is a judgment as sweeping and destructive as the Flood.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Whoever flees
הַנָּ֞ס (han·nās)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5127: To flit, vanish away

the sound
מִקּ֤וֹל (miq·qō·wl)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

of terror
הַפַּ֙חַד֙ (hap·pa·ḥaḏ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6343: A, alarm

will fall
יִפֹּ֣ל (yip·pōl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5307: To fall, lie

into
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

a pit,
הַפַּ֔חַת (hap·pa·ḥaṯ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6354: A pit, for, catching animals

and whoever escapes
וְהָֽעוֹלֶה֙ (wə·hā·‘ō·w·leh)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

from
מִתּ֣וֹךְ (mit·tō·wḵ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 8432: A bisection, the centre

the pit
הַפַּ֔חַת (hap·pa·ḥaṯ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6354: A pit, for, catching animals

will be caught
יִלָּכֵ֖ד (yil·lā·ḵêḏ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3920: To catch, to capture, occupy, to choose, to cohere

in a trap.
בַּפָּ֑ח (bap·pāḥ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6341: A, sheet, a spring net

For
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

the windows
אֲרֻבּ֤וֹת (’ă·rub·bō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 699: A lattice, a window, dovecot, chimney, sluice

of heaven
מִמָּרוֹם֙ (mim·mā·rō·wm)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4791: Altitude

are open,
נִפְתָּ֔חוּ (nip̄·tā·ḥū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

and the foundations
מ֥וֹסְדֵי (mō·ws·ḏê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 4146: A foundation

of the earth
אָֽרֶץ׃ (’ā·reṣ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

are shaken.
וַֽיִּרְעֲשׁ֖וּ (way·yir·‘ă·šū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7493: To undulate, through fear, to spring


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