Isaiah 33:8
New International Version
The highways are deserted, no travelers are on the roads. The treaty is broken, its witnesses are despised, no one is respected.

New Living Translation
Your roads are deserted; no one travels them anymore. The Assyrians have broken their peace treaty and care nothing for the promises they made before witnesses. They have no respect for anyone.

English Standard Version
The highways lie waste; the traveler ceases. Covenants are broken; cities are despised; there is no regard for man.

Berean Study Bible
The highways are deserted; travel has ceased. The treaty has been broken, the witnesses are despised, and human life is disregarded.

New American Standard Bible
The highways are desolate, the traveler has ceased, He has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities, He has no regard for man.

King James Bible
The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.

Christian Standard Bible
The highways are deserted; travel has ceased. An agreement has been broken, cities despised, and human life disregarded.

Contemporary English Version
No one travels anymore; every road is empty. Treaties are broken, and no respect is shown to any who keep promises.

Good News Translation
The highways are so dangerous that no one travels on them. Treaties are broken and agreements are violated. No one is respected any more.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The highways are deserted; travel has ceased. An agreement has been broken, cities despised, and human life disregarded.

International Standard Version
The highways are deserted; travelers have quit the road. The enemy has broken treaties; he despises their witnesses, and respects no one.

NET Bible
Highways are empty, there are no travelers. Treaties are broken, witnesses are despised, human life is treated with disrespect.

New Heart English Bible
The highways are desolate, the traveler ceases. He has broken the covenant, he has despised the witnesses; he has no regard for man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Highways are deserted. Travelers stop traveling. Agreements are broken. Witnesses are rejected. People are no longer respected.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The highways lie waste, The wayfaring man ceaseth; He hath broken the covenant, He hath despised the cities, He regardeth not man.

New American Standard 1977
The highways are desolate, the traveler has ceased, He has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities, He has no regard for man.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The highways shall be broken down; the travellers shall cease; he has broken the covenant; he has despised the cities; he does not regard man.

King James 2000 Bible
The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceases: he has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities, he regards no man.

American King James Version
The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceases: he has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities, he regards no man.

American Standard Version
The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: the enemy hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth not man.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For the ways of these shall be made desolate: the terror of the nations has been made to cease, and the covenant with these is taken away, and ye shall by no means deem them men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The ways are made desolate, no one passeth by the road, the covenant is made void, he hath rejected the cities, he hath not regarded the men.

Darby Bible Translation
The highways are desolate, the wayfaring man ceaseth. He hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.

English Revised Version
The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth not man.

Webster's Bible Translation
The highways lie waste, the way-faring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.

World English Bible
The highways are desolate. The traveling man ceases. The covenant is broken. He has despised the cities. He doesn't respect man.

Young's Literal Translation
Desolated have been highways, Ceased hath he who passeth along the path, He hath broken covenant, He hath despised enemies, He hath not esteemed a man.
Study Bible
The LORD is Exalted
7Behold! Their warriors cry aloud in the streets; the envoys of peace weep bitterly. 8The highways are deserted; travel has ceased. The treaty has been broken, the witnesses are despised, and human life is disregarded. 9The land mourns and languishes; Lebanon is ashamed and decayed. Sharon is like a desert; Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.…
Cross References
Judges 19:17
When he looked up and saw the traveler in the city square, the old man asked, "Where are you going, and where have you come from?"

Isaiah 24:5
The earth is defiled by its people; they have transgressed the laws; they have overstepped the decrees and broken the everlasting covenant.

Isaiah 35:8
And there will be a highway called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not travel it, only those who walk in that Way--and fools will not stray onto it.

Treasury of Scripture

The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceases: he has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities, he regards no man.

highways

Isaiah 10:29-31
They are gone over the passage: they have taken up their lodging at Geba; Ramah is afraid; Gibeah of Saul is fled…

Judges 5:6
In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.

Lamentations 1:4
The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness.

he hath broken

2 Kings 18:14-17
And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to Lachish, saying, I have offended; return from me: that which thou puttest on me will I bear. And the king of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold…

he hath despised

Isaiah 10:9-11
Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus? …

Isaiah 36:1
Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and took them.

2 Kings 18:13
Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them.

he regardeth

Isaiah 10:13,14
For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man: …

1 Samuel 17:10,26
And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together…

2 Kings 18:20,21
Thou sayest, (but they are but vain words,) I have counsel and strength for the war. Now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me? …







Lexicon
The highways
מְסִלּ֔וֹת (mə·sil·lō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4546: A thoroughfare, a viaduct, a staircase

are deserted;
נָשַׁ֣מּוּ (nā·šam·mū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 8074: To stun, devastate, stupefy

travel
עֹבֵ֣ר (‘ō·ḇêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5674: To pass over, through, or by, pass on

has ceased.
שָׁבַ֖ת (šā·ḇaṯ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7673: To repose, desist from exertion

The treaty
בְּרִית֙ (bə·rîṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1285: A covenant

has been broken,
הֵפֵ֤ר (hê·p̄êr)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6565: To break up, to violate, frustrate

the witnesses
עָרִ֔ים (‘ā·rîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

are despised,
מָאַ֣ס (mā·’as)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3988: To spurn, to disappear

and human life
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

is disregarded.
חָשַׁ֖ב (ḥā·šaḇ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2803: To think, account
(8) The highways lie waste . . .--Another feature in the picture of terror. No traveller dared to show himself in the main road. (Comp. Judges 5:6.)

He hath broken.--Sennacherib is denounced as having broken the treaty of 2Kings 18:14. Hezekiah had complied with his conditions, and yet there was no suspension of hostilities.

Verse 8. - The highways lie waste {croup. Judges 5:6). The meaning is that' they were unoccupied. Fear of the Assyrians restrained men from travelling. He hath broken the covenant. Sennacherib, when he accepted the sum of money sent him by Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:15; 'Eponym Canon,' p. 135), must have consented to leave him unmolested for the future. But in a very short time we find him, apparently without any reasonable pretext, sending a fresh expedition against Jerusalem, requiring it to be admitted within the walls, and even threatening the city with destruction (2 Kings 18:17-35; 2 Kings 19:10-13). Isaiah, therefore, taxes him with having broken his covenant. Despised cities. "Sennacherib," says Delitzsch, "continued to storm the fortified places of Judah, in violation of his agreement." Regardeth no man; i.e. "pays no attention to the protests that are made against his infraction of the treaty - does not care what is said or thought of him." 33:1-14 Here we have the proud and false destroyer justly reckoned with for all his fraud and violence. The righteous God often pays sinners in their own coin. Those who by faith humbly wait for God, shall find him gracious to them; as the day, so let the strength be. If God leaves us to ourselves any morning, we are undone; we must every morning commit ourselves to him, and go forth in his strength to do the work of the day. When God arises, his enemies are scattered. True wisdom and knowledge lead to strength of salvation, which renders us stedfast in the ways of God; and true piety is the only treasure which can never be plundered or spent. The distress Jerusalem was brought into, is described. God's time to appear for his people, is, when all other helpers fail. Let all who hear what God has done, acknowledge that he can do every thing. Sinners in Zion will have much to answer for, above other sinners. And those that rebel against the commands of the word, cannot take its comforts in time of need. His wrath will burn those everlastingly who make themselves fuel for it. It is a fire that shall never be quenched, nor ever go out of itself; it is the wrath of an ever-living God preying on the conscience of a never-dying soul.
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