Jeremiah 46:23
New International Version
They will chop down her forest,” declares the LORD, “dense though it be. They are more numerous than locusts, they cannot be counted.

New Living Translation
They will cut down her people like trees,” says the LORD, “for they are more numerous than locusts.

English Standard Version
They shall cut down her forest, declares the LORD, though it is impenetrable, because they are more numerous than locusts; they are without number.

Berean Study Bible
They will chop down her forest, declares the LORD, dense though it may be, for they are more numerous than locusts; they cannot be counted.

King James Bible
They shall cut down her forest, saith the LORD, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the grasshoppers, and are innumerable.

New King James Version
“They shall cut down her forest,” says the LORD, “Though it cannot be searched, Because they are innumerable, And more numerous than grasshoppers.

New American Standard Bible
“They have cut down her forest,” declares the LORD; “Certainly it will no longer be found, Even though they are more numerous than locusts And are without number.

NASB 1995
“They have cut down her forest,” declares the LORD; “Surely it will no more be found, Even though they are now more numerous than locusts And are without number.

NASB 1977
“They have cut down her forest,” declares the LORD; “Surely it will no more be found, Even though they are now more numerous than locusts And are without number.

Amplified Bible
“They have cut down her forest,” says the LORD; “Certainly it will no longer be found, Because they (the invaders) are more numerous than locusts And cannot be counted.

Christian Standard Bible
They will cut down her forest — this is the LORD’s declaration — though it is dense, for they are more numerous than locusts; they cannot be counted.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They will cut down her forest— this is the LORD’s declaration— though it is dense, for they are more numerous than locusts; they cannot be counted.

American Standard Version
They shall cut down her forest, saith Jehovah, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the locusts, and are innumerable.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Cut down her forests, says LORD JEHOVAH, because there is no end to them, for they are more than the locusts and are without number

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They shall cut down her forest, saith the Lord, for their number cannot at all be conjectured, for it exceeds the locust in multitude, and they are innumerable.

Contemporary English Version
when men with axes start chopping down trees. It can only hiss and try to escape.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have cut down her forest, saith the Lord, which cannot be counted: they are multiplied above locusts, and are without number.

English Revised Version
They shall cut down her forest, saith the LORD, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the locusts, and are innumerable.

Good News Translation
and destroying a thick forest. Their soldiers are too many to count; they outnumber the locusts.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They will cut down the forest," declares the LORD, "since Egypt can't be found. They are more numerous than locusts; they can't be counted.

International Standard Version
They'll cut down her forest, though it's impenetrable," declares the LORD, "for they're more numerous than locusts, and there are too many of them to count.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They cut down her forest, saith the LORD, Though it cannot be searched; Because they are more than the locusts, And are innumerable.

Literal Standard Version
They have cut down her forest, A declaration of YHWH, For it is not searched, For they have been more than the grasshopper, And they have no numbering.

NET Bible
The population of Egypt is like a vast, impenetrable forest. But I, the LORD, affirm that the enemy will cut them down. For those who chop them down will be more numerous than locusts. They will be too numerous to count.

New Heart English Bible
They shall cut down her forest, says the LORD, though it can't be searched; because they are more than the locusts, and are innumerable.

World English Bible
They shall cut down her forest, says Yahweh, though it can't be searched; because they are more than the locusts, and are innumerable.

Young's Literal Translation
They have cut down her forest, An affirmation of Jehovah -- for it is not searched, For they have been more than the grasshopper, And they have no numbering.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Judgment on Egypt
22Egypt will hiss like a fleeing serpent, for the enemy will advance in force; with axes they will come against her like woodsmen cutting down trees. 23They will chop down her forest, declares the LORD, dense though it may be, for they are more numerous than locusts; they cannot be counted. 24The Daughter of Egypt will be put to shame; she will be delivered into the hands of the people of the north.”…

Cross References
Judges 6:5
For the Midianites came with their livestock and their tents like a great swarm of locusts. They and their camels were innumerable, and they entered the land to ravage it.

Judges 7:12
Now the Midianites, Amalekites, and all the other people of the east had settled in the valley like a swarm of locusts, and their camels were as countless as the sand on the seashore.

Jeremiah 21:14
I will punish you as your deeds deserve, declares the LORD. I will kindle a fire in your forest that will consume everything around you.'"

Jeremiah 46:22
Egypt will hiss like a fleeing serpent, for the enemy will advance in force; with axes they will come against her like woodsmen cutting down trees.

Joel 2:25
I will repay you for the years eaten by locusts--the swarming locust, the young locust, the destroying locust, and the devouring locust--My great army that I sent against you.


Treasury of Scripture

They shall cut down her forest, said the LORD, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the grasshoppers, and are innumerable.

cut

Isaiah 10:18
And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standardbearer fainteth.

Ezekiel 20:46
Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

because

Judges 6:5
For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.

Judges 7:12
And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.

Joel 2:25
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.









Verse 23. - They shall cut down; better, they cut down. The prophet is describing a picture which passes before his inner eye. Though it cannot be searched; rather, for it cannot be searched out. The subject of the verb is uncertain. De Dieu's explanation is, "Because the forest is so dense, so intricate, it is necessary to clear a path by cutting down the trees." But this does not seem to suit the context. Surely no other reason was required for the destruction of the "forest" than the will of the wood cutters. "Searching out" occurs in Job (Job 5:9; Job 9:10; Job 36:26; comp. also 1 Kings 7:47) in connection with numbering, and the second half of the verse expressly describes the foe as innumerable. The singular alternates with the plural, as in Isaiah 5:28, a host being regarded sometimes as a whole, and sometimes as an aggregate of individuals. Than the grasshoppers; rather, the locust. The name is one of nine which we find given to the various species of locusts in the Old Testament, and means "multitudinous."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
They will chop down
כָּרְת֤וּ (kā·rə·ṯū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 3772: To cut, to destroy, consume, to covenant

her forest,
יַעְרָהּ֙ (ya‘·rāh)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 3293: A copse of bushes, a forest, honey in the comb

declares
נְאֻם־ (nə·’um-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5002: An oracle

the LORD,
יְהוָ֔ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

dense
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

though
כִּ֖י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

it may be,
יֵֽחָקֵ֑ר (yê·ḥā·qêr)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2713: To penetrate, to examine intimately

for
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

they are more numerous
רַבּוּ֙ (rab·bū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7231: To cast together, increase, in number, to multiply by the myriad

than locusts;
מֵֽאַרְבֶּ֔ה (mê·’ar·beh)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 697: (a kind of) locust

they cannot
וְאֵ֥ין (wə·’ên)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

be counted.
מִסְפָּֽר׃ (mis·pār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4557: A number, definite, indefinite, narration


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