New American Standard Bible
Day and night they go around her upon her walls, And iniquity and mischief are in her midst.
King James Bible
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
Darby Bible Translation
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof; and iniquity and mischief are in the midst of it.
World English Bible
Day and night they prowl around on its walls. Malice and abuse are also within her.
Young's Literal Translation
By day and by night they go round it, on its walls. Both iniquity and perverseness are in its midst,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Day and night they go about it, upon the walls thereof - That is, continually. The word "they" in this place probably refers to the violence and strife mentioned in the preceding verse. They are here personified, and they seem to surround the city; to be everywhere moving, even on the very walls. They are like a besieging army. Inside and outside; in the midst of the city and on the walls, there was nothing but violence and strife - conspiracy, rebellion, and crime.
Mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it - Crime abounded, and the result was anguish or sorrow. This language would well describe the scenes when Absalom rebelled; when the city was filled with conspirators and rebels; and when crime and anguish seemed to prevail in every part of it.
Our study of the closing scenes of the life of our Lord begins at the point where He fell into the hands of the representatives of justice; and this took place at the gate of Gethsemane and at the midnight hour. On the eastern side of Jerusalem, the ground slopes downwards to the bed of the Brook Kedron; and on the further side of the stream rises the Mount of Olives. The side of the hill was laid out in gardens or orchards belonging to the inhabitants of the city; and Gethsemane was one of these. …
James Stalker—The Trial and Death of Jesus Christ
The wicked strut about on every side When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
Destruction is in her midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from her streets.
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