Isaiah 50:3
New International Version
I clothe the heavens with darkness and make sackcloth its covering."

New Living Translation
I dress the skies in darkness, covering them with clothes of mourning.”

English Standard Version
I clothe the heavens with blackness and make sackcloth their covering.”

Berean Study Bible
I clothe the heavens in black and make sackcloth their covering.”

King James Bible
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

New King James Version
I clothe the heavens with blackness, And I make sackcloth their covering.”

New American Standard Bible
“I clothe the heavens with blackness, And make sackcloth their covering.”

NASB 1995
"I clothe the heavens with blackness And make sackcloth their covering."

NASB 1977
“I clothe the heavens with blackness, And I make sackcloth their covering.”

Amplified Bible
“I clothe the heavens with the blackness [of storm clouds] And make sackcloth [of mourning] their clothing.”

Christian Standard Bible
I dress the heavens in black and make sackcloth their covering.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I dress the heavens in black and make sackcloth their clothing.

American Standard Version
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I clothe the Heavens in darkness and I make their covering sackcloth

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I will clothe the sky with darkness, and will make its covering as sackcloth.

Contemporary English Version
I make the sky turn dark like the sackcloth you wear at funerals."

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will clothe the heavens with darkness, and will make sackcloth their covering.

English Revised Version
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

Good News Translation
I can make the sky turn dark, as if it were in mourning for the dead."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I clothe the heavens in darkness and cover them with sackcloth.

International Standard Version
I clothe the skies with darkness and make sackcloth their covering."

JPS Tanakh 1917
I clothe the heavens with blackness, And I make sackcloth their covering.

Literal Standard Version
I clothe the heavens [with] blackness, "" And I make their covering sackcloth.”

NET Bible
I can clothe the sky in darkness; I can cover it with sackcloth."

New Heart English Bible
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering."

World English Bible
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering."

Young's Literal Translation
I clothe the heavens with blackness, And sackcloth I make their covering.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Israel's Sin
2Why was no one there when I arrived? Why did no one answer when I called? Is My hand too short to redeem you? Or do I lack the strength to deliver you? Behold, My rebuke dries up the sea; I turn the rivers into a desert; the fish rot for lack of water and die of thirst. 3I clothe the heavens in black and make sackcloth their covering.”

Cross References
Revelation 6:12
And when I saw the Lamb open the sixth seal, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black like sackcloth of goat hair, and the whole moon turned blood red,

Isaiah 13:10
For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light. The rising sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light.

Jeremiah 4:28
Therefore the earth will mourn and the heavens above will grow dark. I have spoken, I have planned, and I will not relent or turn back."


Treasury of Scripture

I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

Exodus 10:21
And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.

Psalm 18:11,12
He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies…

Matthew 27:45
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.









Verse 3. - I clothe the heavens with blackness (comp. Jeremiah 4:28; Ezekiel 32:7, 8; Joel 2:10; Joel 3:15; Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:24; Luke 21:25; Revelation 6:12). The Egyptian plague of darkness (Exodus 10:21-23) is not adequate to the expressions here used. God means to assert his power of leaving all nature in absolute darkness, if he so choose - a power necessarily belonging to him who said, "Let there be light; and there was light" (Genesis 1:3). I make sackcloth their covering (see Revelation 6:12, "The sun became black as sackcloth of hair").

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I clothe
אַלְבִּ֥ישׁ (’al·bîš)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3847: Wrap around, to put on a, garment, clothe

the heavens
שָׁמַ֖יִם (šā·ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8064: Heaven, sky

in black
קַדְר֑וּת (qaḏ·rūṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6940: Darkness, gloom

and make
אָשִׂ֥ים (’ā·śîm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

sackcloth
וְשַׂ֖ק (wə·śaq)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8242: A mesh, coarse loose cloth, sacking, a bag

their covering.
כְּסוּתָֽם׃ (kə·sū·ṯām)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 3682: A cover, a veiling


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