Isaiah 44:14
New International Version
He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.

New Living Translation
He cuts down cedars; he selects the cypress and the oak; he plants the pine in the forest to be nourished by the rain.

English Standard Version
He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it.

Berean Study Bible
He cuts down cedars or retrieves a cypress or oak. He lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a laurel, and the rain makes it grow.

King James Bible
He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.

New King James Version
He cuts down cedars for himself, And takes the cypress and the oak; He secures it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a pine, and the rain nourishes it.

New American Standard Bible
He will cut cedars for himself, and he takes a holm-oak or another oak and lets it grow strong for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a laurel tree, and the rain makes it grow.

NASB 1995
Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a cypress or an oak and raises it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain makes it grow.

NASB 1977
Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a cypress or an oak, and raises it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain makes it grow.

Amplified Bible
He cuts cedars for himself, and takes a cypress or an oak and lets it grow strong for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain nourishes it.

Christian Standard Bible
He cuts down cedars for his use, or he takes a cypress or an oak. He lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a laurel, and the rain makes it grow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He cuts down cedars for his use, or he takes a cypress or an oak. He lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a laurel, and the rain makes it grow.

American Standard Version
He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the holm-tree and the oak, and strengtheneth for himself one among the trees of the forest: he planteth a fir-tree, and the rain doth nourish it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he sets it up in the house, a tree that was cut down from the forest that was grown in the rain

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He cuts wood out of the forest, which the Lord planted, even a pine tree, and the rain made it grow,

Contemporary English Version
Either cedar, cypress, oak, or any tree from the forest may be chosen. Or even a pine tree planted by the woodcarver and watered by the rain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He hath cut down cedars, taken the holm, and the oak that stood among the trees of the forest: he hath planted the pine tree, which the rain hath nourished.

English Revised Version
He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the holm tree and the oak, and strengtheneth for himself one among the trees of the forest: he planteth a fir tree, and the rain doth nourish it.

Good News Translation
He might cut down cedars to use, or choose oak or cypress wood from the forest. Or he might plant a laurel tree and wait for the rain to make it grow.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They cut down cedars for themselves. Then they choose fir trees or oaks. They let them grow strong among the trees in the forest. Then they plant cedars, and the rain makes them grow.

International Standard Version
He cuts down cedars, or chooses a cypress tree or an oak, and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. Or he plants a cedar, and the rain makes it grow.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He heweth him down cedars, And taketh the ilex and the oak, And strengtheneth for himself one among the trees of the forest; He planteth a bay-tree, and the rain doth nourish it.

Literal Standard Version
Cutting down cedars for himself, He also takes a cypress, and an oak, And he strengthens [it] for himself Among the trees of a forest, He has planted an ash, and the shower nourishes [it].

NET Bible
He cuts down cedars and acquires a cypress or an oak. He gets trees from the forest; he plants a cedar and the rain makes it grow.

New Heart English Bible
He cuts down cedars for himself, and takes the cypress and the oak, and strengthens for himself one among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir tree, and the rain nourishes it.

World English Bible
He cuts down cedars for himself, and takes the cypress and the oak, and strengthens for himself one among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir tree, and the rain nourishes it.

Young's Literal Translation
Cutting down to himself cedars, He taketh also a cypress, and an oak, And he strengtheneth it for himself Among the trees of a forest, He hath planted an ash, and the shower doth nourish it.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The LORD has Chosen Israel
13The woodworker extends a measuring line; he marks it out with a stylus; he shapes it with chisels and outlines it with a compass. He fashions it in the likeness of man, like man in all his glory, that it may dwell in a shrine. 14He cuts down cedars or retrieves a cypress or oak. He lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a laurel, and the rain makes it grow. 15It serves as fuel for man. He takes some of it to warm himself, and he kindles a fire and bakes his bread; he even fashions it into a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it.…

Cross References
Isaiah 40:20
To one bereft of an offering who chooses wood that will not rot, who seeks a skilled craftsman to set up an idol that will not topple?

Isaiah 44:13
The woodworker extends a measuring line; he marks it out with a stylus; he shapes it with chisels and outlines it with a compass. He fashions it in the likeness of man, like man in all his glory, that it may dwell in a shrine.

Isaiah 44:15
It serves as fuel for man. He takes some of it to warm himself, and he kindles a fire and bakes his bread; he even fashions it into a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it.


Treasury of Scripture

He hews him down cedars, and takes the cypress and the oak, which he strengthens for himself among the trees of the forest: he plants an ash, and the rain does nourish it.

heweth

Isaiah 40:20
He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.

Jeremiah 10:3-8
For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe…

Hosea 4:12
My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.

strengtheneth.









(14) He heweth him down cedars.--The manufacture is traced further back, possibly by way of protest against the belief current in all nations that some archaic image had fallen from heaven (Acts 19:35). The "cypress" is probably the Quercus ilex, and the "ash" a fig tree; but the identification of trees in the language of a remote time and language is always somewhat uncertain.

Which he strengtheneth for himself.--Better, fixeth his choice among. The eye travels, it will be noted, backward from the workshop.

Verse 14. - Cedars... cypress... oak. The second of the trees mentioned is more probably the ilex than the cypress, which does not grow either in Palestine or in Babylonia. Idols would be made of cedar on account of its fragrance, of flex and oak on account of their hardness and durability. Cedar was used as a material for carved figures in Egypt (Birch, 'Contents of British Museum,' p. 21). Which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest. The meaning is obscure. Dr. Kay translates, "and he encourages himself in the trees of the forest," which conveys no very distinct idea; Delitzsch, "and he chooses for himself among the trees," etc., which is sufficiently clear, but scarcely obtainable from the Hebrew text; Knobel, "he makes himself secure among the trees" (by putting a mark on those which he intends to have), which imparts an idea certainly not contained in the original. He planteth an ash. It is uncertain, and it does not greatly matter, what tree is intended. The point is that, before trees can grow up, they have to be planted, and that, for them to grow when planted, God's gift of rain is necessary (see the comment on ver. 13).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He cuts down
לִכְרָת־ (liḵ·rāṯ-)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 3772: To cut, to destroy, consume, to covenant

cedars
אֲרָזִ֔ים (’ă·rā·zîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 730: A cedar tree

or retrieves
וַיִּקַּ֤ח (way·yiq·qaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3947: To take

a cypress
תִּרְזָה֙ (tir·zāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8645: A species of tree, the cypress

or oak.
וְאַלּ֔וֹן (wə·’al·lō·wn)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 437: An oak, other strong tree

He lets it grow strong
וַיְאַמֶּץ־ (way·’am·meṣ-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 553: To be stout, strong, bold, alert

among the trees
בַּעֲצֵי־ (ba·‘ă·ṣê-)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 6086: Tree, trees, wood

of the forest.
יָ֑עַר (yā·‘ar)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3293: A copse of bushes, a forest, honey in the comb

He plants
נָטַ֥ע (nā·ṭa‘)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5193: To strike in, fix, to plant

a laurel,
אֹ֖רֶן‪‬ (’ō·ren)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 766: The ash tree

and the rain
וְגֶ֥שֶׁם (wə·ḡe·šem)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1653: Rain, shower

makes it grow.
יְגַדֵּֽל׃ (yə·ḡad·dêl)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1431: To grow up, become great


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