New American Standard Bible
"What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, 'The fathers eat the sour grapes, But the children's teeth are set on edge '?
King James Bible
What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?
Darby Bible Translation
What mean ye, ye who use this proverb of the land of Israel, saying, The fathers eat sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?
World English Bible
What do you mean, that you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?
Young's Literal Translation
'What -- to you, ye -- using this simile Concerning the ground of Israel, saying: Fathers do eat unripe fruit, And the sons' teeth are blunted?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Concerning the land of Israel - Rather, "in the land of Israel," i. e., upon Israel's soil, the last place where such a paganish saying should be expected. The saying was general among the people both in Palestine and in exile; and expressed the excuse wherewith they ascribed their miserable condition to anyone's fault but their own - to a blind fate such as the pagan recognized, instead of the discriminating judgment of an All-holy God.
LibraryDivine Impartiality Considered.
"For there is no respect of persons with God." The divine impartiality is often asserted in the holy scriptures; and the assertion coincides with our natural ideas of deity. The pagans indeed attributed to their Gods, the vices, follies and weaknesses of men! But the beings whom they adored were mostly taken from among men, and might be considered as retaining human imperfections,--Had unbiased reason been consulted to find out a supreme being, a different object would have been exhibited to view. …
Andrew Lee et al—Sermons on Various Important Subjects
The Theology of Grace.
Elijah the Tishbite
Meditations against Despair, or Doubting of God's Mercy.
"You say, 'God stores away a man's iniquity for his sons.' Let God repay him so that he may know it.
"What do you mean by crushing My people And grinding the face of the poor?" Declares the Lord GOD of hosts.
"In those days they will not say again, 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children's teeth are set on edge.'
Our fathers sinned, and are no more; It is we who have borne their iniquities.
"Son of man, what is this proverb you people have concerning the land of Israel, saying, 'The days are long and every vision fails '?
"Behold, everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb concerning you, saying, 'Like mother, like daughter.'
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
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