New American Standard Bible
"Your builders hurry; Your destroyers and devastators Will depart from you.
King James Bible
Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.
Darby Bible Translation
Thy sons shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that laid thee waste shall go forth from thee.
World English Bible
Your children make haste; your destroyers and those who made you waste shall go forth from you.
Young's Literal Translation
Hastened have those building thee, Those destroying thee, and laying thee waste, go out from thee.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Thy children - The children of Zion - the true people of God. But there is here considerable variety in the interpretation. The Hebrew of the present text is בניך bânâyı̂k ("thy sons"). But Jerome reads it, Structores tui - 'Thy builders;' as if it were בונין. The Septuagint renders it, 'Thou shalt be speedily built (ταχὺ οἰκοδομηθήσῃ tachu oikodomēthēsē) by those by whom thou hast been destroyed.' The Chaldee renders it, 'Those that rebuild thy waste places shall hasten.' The Syriac reads it, 'Thy sons;' and the Arabic, 'Thou shalt be rebuilt by those by whom thou hast been destroyed.' But there is no good authority for changing the present Hebrew text. nor is it necessary. The sense probably is, the descendants of those who dwelt in Zion, who are now in exile, shall hasten to rebuild the wastes of the desolate capital, and restore its ruins. And may it not mean, that in the great work under the Messiah, of restoring the nation to the worship of God, and of spreading the true religion, God would make use of those who dwelt in Zion; that is, of the Jews, as his ambassadors?
They that made thee waste - Language drawn from the destruction of Jerusalen. The sense is, that they would seek no longer to retain possession, but would permit its former inhabitants to return, and engage in repairing its ruins.
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For there our captors demanded of us songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion."
I send it against a godless nation And commission it against the people of My fury To capture booty and to seize plunder, And to trample them down like mud in the streets.
"Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have devastated all the countries and their lands,
'I will multiply men on you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities will be inhabited and the waste places will be rebuilt.
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