Isaiah 28:20
New International Version
The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.

New Living Translation
The bed you have made is too short to lie on. The blankets are too narrow to cover you.

English Standard Version
For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on, and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in.

Berean Study Bible
Indeed, the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket too small to wrap around you.

King James Bible
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

New King James Version
For the bed is too short to stretch out on, And the covering so narrow that one cannot wrap himself in it.

New American Standard Bible
The bed is too short on which to stretch out, And the blanket is too small to wrap oneself in.

NASB 1995
The bed is too short on which to stretch out, And the blanket is too small to wrap oneself in.

NASB 1977
The bed is too short on which to stretch out, And the blanket is too small to wrap oneself in.

Amplified Bible
For the bed is too short to stretch out on, And the blanket is too narrow to wrap around oneself [and likewise all their preparations are inadequate].

Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, the bed is too short to stretch out on, and its cover too small to wrap up in.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, the bed is too short to stretch out on, and its cover too small to wrap up in.

American Standard Version
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it; and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the garment is shortened to cover him and the weaver shuttle has contracted and is incomplete

Brenton Septuagint Translation
ye that are distressed; we cannot fight, but we are ourselves too weak for you to be gathered.

Contemporary English Version
Your bed is too short, your blanket too skimpy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the bed is straitened, so that one must fall out, and a short covering can- not cover both.

English Revised Version
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it; and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

Good News Translation
You will be like the person in the proverb, who tries to sleep in a bed too short to stretch out on, with a blanket too narrow to wrap himself in.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The bed is too short to stretch out on. The blanket is too narrow to serve as a cover.

International Standard Version
because the bed is too short to stretch out on, and its blankets too narrow to wrap around oneself!

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the bed is too short for a man to stretch himself; And the covering too narrow when he gathereth himself up.

Literal Standard Version
For the bed has been shorter Than to stretch one’s self out in, And the covering has been narrower Than to wrap one’s self up in.

NET Bible
For the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket is too narrow to wrap around oneself.

New Heart English Bible
For the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket is too narrow to wrap oneself in.

World English Bible
For the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket is too narrow to wrap oneself in.

Young's Literal Translation
For shorter hath been the bed Than to stretch one's self out in, And the covering hath been narrower Than to wrap one's self up in.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Cornerstone in Zion
19As often as it passes through, it will carry you away; it will sweep through morning after morning, by day and by night.” The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror. 20Indeed, the bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket too small to wrap around you. 21For the LORD will rise up as at Mount Perazim. He will rouse Himself as in the Valley of Gibeon, to do His work, His strange work, and to perform His task, His disturbing task.…

Cross References
Isaiah 59:6
Their cobwebs cannot be made into clothing, and they cannot cover themselves with their works. Their deeds are sinful deeds, and acts of violence are in their hands.

Ezekiel 42:5
Now the upper chambers were smaller because the galleries took more space from the chambers on the lower and middle floors of the building.


Treasury of Scripture

For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

the bed

Isaiah 57:12,13
I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee…

Isaiah 59:5,6
They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper…

Isaiah 64:6
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.









(20) For the bed is shorter . . .--The image represents vividly a policy that ended in failure. Hezekiah's counsellors had "made their bed," and would have to lie on it, in their Egyptian alliance, but it would not meet their wants. Bed and blankets would be all too scanty, and leave them in a restless disquietude.

Verse 20. - For the bed, etc. We have a proverb, "As a man makes his bed, so must he lie in it." The Jews will have made themselves a bed in which they can have no comfort or ease, and consequently no rest. But they will only have themselves to blame for it.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Indeed,
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

the bed
הַמַּצָּ֖ע (ham·maṣ·ṣā‘)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4702: Couch, bed

is too short
קָצַ֥ר (qā·ṣar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7114: To dock off, curtail, to harvest

to stretch out on,
מֵֽהִשְׂתָּרֵ֑עַ (mê·hiś·tā·rê·a‘)
Preposition-m | Verb - Hitpael - Infinitive construct
Strong's 8311: To prolong, be deformed by excess of members

and the blanket
וְהַמַּסֵּכָ֥ה (wə·ham·mas·sê·ḵāh)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4541: A pouring over, fusion of metal, a libation, league, a coverlet

too small
צָ֖רָה (ṣā·rāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 6887: To bind, tie up, be restricted, narrow, scant, or cramped

to wrap around you.
כְּהִתְכַּנֵּֽס׃ (kə·hiṯ·kan·nês)
Preposition-k | Verb - Hitpael - Infinitive construct
Strong's 3664: To collect, to enfold


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