Jeremiah 47:7
New International Version
But how can it rest when the LORD has commanded it, when he has ordered it to attack Ashkelon and the coast?"

New Living Translation
“But how can it be still when the LORD has sent it on a mission? For the city of Ashkelon and the people living along the sea must be destroyed.”

English Standard Version
How can it be quiet when the LORD has given it a charge? Against Ashkelon and against the seashore he has appointed it.”

Berean Study Bible
How can it rest when the LORD has commanded it? He has appointed it against Ashkelon and the shore of its coastland.”

King James Bible
How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there hath he appointed it.

New King James Version
How can it be quiet, Seeing the LORD has given it a charge Against Ashkelon and against the seashore? There He has appointed it.”

New American Standard Bible
“How can it be quiet, When the LORD has given it an order? Against Ashkelon and against the sea shore— There He has summoned it.”

NASB 1995
"How can it be quiet, When the LORD has given it an order? Against Ashkelon and against the seacoast-- There He has assigned it."

NASB 1977
“How can it be quiet, When the LORD has given it an order? Against Ashkelon and against the seacoast— There He has assigned it.”

Amplified Bible
“How can His sword be quiet When the LORD has given it an order? Against Ashkelon and against the [whole Philistine] seashore There He has assigned it.”

Christian Standard Bible
How can it rest when the LORD has given it a command? He has assigned it against Ashkelon and the shore of the sea.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How can it rest when the LORD has given it a command? He has assigned it against Ashkelon and the shore of the sea.

American Standard Version
How canst thou be quiet, seeing Jehovah hath given thee a charge? Against Ashkelon, and against the sea-shore, there hath he appointed it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
How will it be still when LORD JEHOVAH ordered it concerning Ashkelon and concerning the coasts of the sea? There he authorized it! How shall it be quiet, whereas the Lord has given it a commission against Ascalon, and against the regions on the sea-coast, to awake against the remaining countries!

Contemporary English Version
But how can my sword rest, when I have commanded it to attack Ashkelon and the seacoast?

Douay-Rheims Bible
How shall it be quiet, when the Lord hath given it a charge against Ascalon, and against the countries thereof by the sea side, and there hath made an appointment for it?

English Revised Version
How canst thou be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given thee a charge? against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore, there hath he appointed it.

Good News Translation
But how can it rest, when I have given it work to do? I have commanded it to attack Ashkelon and the people who live on the coast."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How can the sword of the LORD rest? The LORD has ordered it to attack Ashkelon and the coast. He has put it there.

International Standard Version
How can it be quiet, when the LORD has ordered disaster to come to Ashkelon and the seashore? That's where he has assigned it."

JPS Tanakh 1917
How canst thou be quiet? For the LORD hath given it a charge; Against Ashkelon, and against the sea-shore, There hath He appointed it.

Literal Standard Version
How will it be quiet, "" And YHWH has given a charge to it, "" Against Ashkelon and against the seashore? He has appointed it there!”

NET Bible
But how can it rest when I, the LORD, have given it orders? I have ordered it to attack the people of Ashkelon and the seacoast.

New Heart English Bible
How can it be quiet, since the LORD has given you a command? Against Ashkelon, and against the seashore, there has he appointed it.'"

World English Bible
How can you be quiet, since Yahweh has given you a command? Against Ashkelon, and against the seashore, there has he appointed it.

Young's Literal Translation
How shall it be quiet, And Jehovah hath given a charge to it, Against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? There hath He appointed it!'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Judgment on the Philistines
6‘Alas, O sword of the LORD, how long until you rest? Return to your sheath; cease and be still!’ 7How can it rest when the LORD has commanded it? He has appointed it against Ashkelon and the shore of its coastland.”

Cross References
Isaiah 10:6
I will send him against a godless nation; I will dispatch him against a people destined for My rage, to take spoils and seize plunder, and to trample them down like clay in the streets.

Jeremiah 48:10
Cursed is the one who is remiss in doing the work of the LORD, and cursed is he who withholds his sword from bloodshed.

Ezekiel 14:17
Or if I bring a sword against that land and say, 'Let a sword pass through it,' so that I cut off from it both man and beast,

Ezekiel 21:30
Return the sword to its sheath! In the place where you were created, in the land of your origin, I will judge you.

Micah 6:9
The voice of the LORD calls out to the city (and it is sound wisdom to fear Your name): "Heed the rod and the One who ordained it.


Treasury of Scripture

How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD has given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there has he appointed it.

can it [heb] canst not

1 Samuel 15:3
Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

Isaiah 10:6
I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

Isaiah 13:3
I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.

the sea

Ezekiel 25:16
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast.

Zephaniah 2:6,7
And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks…

hath he

Micah 6:9
The LORD'S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.









(7) Against the sea shore.--In the "sea shore," as in Ezekiel 25:16, we have the term specially appropriate to the territory of the Philistines.

Verse 7. - The seashore. So Ezekiel speaks of "the remnant of the seashore" (Ezekiel 25:16), referring to Philistia.





Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
How
אֵ֣יךְ (’êḵ)
Interjection
Strong's 349: How?, how!, where

can it rest
תִּשְׁקֹ֔טִי (tiš·qō·ṭî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's 8252: To be quiet or undisturbed

when the LORD
וַֽיהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

has commanded it?
צִוָּה־ (ṣiw·wāh-)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order

He has appointed it
יְעָדָֽהּ׃ (yə·‘ā·ḏāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 3259: To fix upon, to meet, to summon, to direct, to engage

against
אֶֽל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

Ashkelon
אַשְׁקְל֛וֹן (’aš·qə·lō·wn)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 831: Ashkelon -- a city of the Philistines

and the shore
ח֥וֹף (ḥō·wp̄)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2348: Shore, coast

of its coastland.”
הַיָּ֖ם (hay·yām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3220: A sea, the Mediterranean Sea, large river, an artifical basin


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