New American Standard Bible
Why have You made men like the fish of the sea, Like creeping things without a ruler over them?
King James Bible
And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?
Darby Bible Translation
And thou makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them.
World English Bible
and make men like the fish of the sea, like the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?
Young's Literal Translation
And Thou makest man as fishes of the sea, As a creeping thing -- none ruling over him.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And makest men as the fishes of the sea - mute, helpless, in a stormy, restless element, no cry heard, but themselves swept away in shoals, with no power to resist.
As the creeping things - whether of the land (as it is mostly used), or the sea Psalm 104:25. Either way, it is a contemptuous name for the lowest of either.
That have no ruler over them - none to guide, order, protect them, and so a picture of man deprived of the care and providence of God.
The accession of Ahaz to the throne brought Isaiah and his associates face to face with conditions more appalling than any that had hitherto existed in the realm of Judah. Many who had formerly withstood the seductive influence of idolatrous practices were now being persuaded to take part in the worship of heathen deities. Princes in Israel were proving untrue to their trust; false prophets were arising with messages to lead astray; even some of the priests were teaching for hire. Yet the leaders …
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings
"But we are all as an Unclean Thing, and all Our Righteousnesses are as Filthy Rags,"
"Behold, I am going to send for many fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will fish for them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain and every hill and from the clefts of the rocks.
Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor. Why do You look with favor On those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up Those more righteous than they?
The Chaldeans bring all of them up with a hook, Drag them away with their net, And gather them together in their fishing net. Therefore they rejoice and are glad.
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