Isaiah 28:10
New International Version
For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there."

New Living Translation
He tells us everything over and over— one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there!”

English Standard Version
For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”

Berean Study Bible
For they hear: “Order on order, order on order, line on line, line on line; a little here, a little there.”

King James Bible
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

New King James Version
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.”

New American Standard Bible
“For He says, ‘Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there.’”

NASB 1995
"For He says, 'Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there.'"

NASB 1977
“For He says, ‘Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there.’”

Amplified Bible
“For He says, ‘Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, Rule upon rule, rule upon rule, Here a little, there a little.’”

Christian Standard Bible
“Law after law, law after law, line after line, line after line, a little here, a little there.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For he says: "Law after law, law after law, line after line, line after line, a little here, a little there."

American Standard Version
For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because reply on reply and reply on reply and answer on answer and answer on answer, a little here and a little there

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Except thou affliction on affliction, hope upon hope: yet a little, and yet a little,

Contemporary English Version
You don't even listen--all you hear is senseless sound after senseless sound.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For command, command again; command, command again; expect, expect again; expect, expect again: a little there, a little there.

English Revised Version
For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little.

Good News Translation
He is trying to teach us letter by letter, line by line, lesson by lesson."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They speak utter nonsense.

International Standard Version
For it is: "Do this and do that, do this and do that, Line upon line, line upon line, a little here, a little there."

JPS Tanakh 1917
For it is precept by precept, precept by precept, Line by line, line by line; Here a little, there a little.

Literal Standard Version
For rule on rule, rule on rule, "" Line on line, line on line, "" A little here, a little there,

NET Bible
Indeed, they will hear meaningless gibberish, senseless babbling, a syllable here, a syllable there.

New Heart English Bible
For it is precept on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, there a little.

World English Bible
For it is precept on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, there a little.

Young's Literal Translation
For rule is on rule, rule on rule, line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Judgment on Ephraim
9Whom is He trying to teach? To whom is He explaining His message? To infants just weaned from milk? To babies removed from the breast? 10For they hear: “Order on order, order on order, line on line, line on line; a little here, a little there.” 11Indeed, with mocking lips and foreign tongues, He will speak to this people…

Cross References
2 Chronicles 36:15
Again and again the LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to His people through His messengers because He had compassion on them and on His dwelling place.

Nehemiah 9:30
You were patient with them for many years, and Your Spirit admonished them through Your prophets. Yet they would not listen, so You gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples.


Treasury of Scripture

For precept must be on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, and there a little:

for precept

Isaiah 28:13
But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Isaiah 5:4
What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?

Deuteronomy 6:1-6
Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: …

must be.









Verse 10. - For precept must be upon precept; rather, for it is precept upon precept (Lowth, Cheyne). The whole teaching is nothing but an accumulation of precept upon precept, rule upon rule, one little injunction followed up by another, here a little, there a little. The objectors profess to find in the prophet's teaching nothing grand, nothing broad - no enunciation of great leading principles; but a perpetual drizzling rain of petty maxims and rules, vexatious, cramping, confining; especially unsuitable to men Who had had the training of priests and prophets, and could have appreciated a grand theory, or a new religious standpoint, but were simply revolted at a teaching which seemed to them narrow, childish, and wearisome. It has been said that in the language of this passage "we may hear the heavy babbling utterance of the drunken scoffers" (Delitzsch); but in this we have perhaps an over-refinement. Isaiah probably gives us, not what his adversaries said of him over their cups, but the best arguments which they could hit on in their sober hours to depreciate his doe-trine. The arguments must be allowed to be clever.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For [He says],
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

“Order
צַ֤ו (ṣaw)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6673: Perhaps command

on order,
לָצָו֙ (lā·ṣāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6673: Perhaps command

order
צַ֣ו (ṣaw)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6673: Perhaps command

on order,
לָצָ֔ו (lā·ṣāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6673: Perhaps command

line
קַ֥ו (qaw)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6957: A cord, for, measuring, a rule, a rim, a musical string, accord

on line,
לָקָ֖ו (lā·qāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6957: A cord, for, measuring, a rule, a rim, a musical string, accord

line
קַ֣ו (qaw)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6957: A cord, for, measuring, a rule, a rim, a musical string, accord

on line,
לָקָ֑ו (lā·qāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6957: A cord, for, measuring, a rule, a rim, a musical string, accord

a little
זְעֵ֥יר (zə·‘êr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2191: A little

here,
שָׁ֖ם (šām)
Adverb
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither

a little
זְעֵ֥יר (zə·‘êr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2191: A little

there.”
שָֽׁם׃ (šām)
Adverb
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither


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