New International Version
The LORD will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind.
King James Bible
The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:
Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah will smite thee with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart;
World English Bible
Yahweh will strike you with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart;
Young's Literal Translation
'Jehovah doth smite thee with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The Lord shall smite thee with madness - שגעון shiggaon, distraction, so that thou shalt not know what to do.
And blindness - עורון ivvaron, blindness, both physical and mental; the גרב garab, (Deuteronomy 28:27), destroying their eyes, and the judgments of God confounding their understandings.
Astonishment - תמהון timmahon, stupidity and amazement. By the just judgments of God they were so completely confounded, as not to discern the means by which they might prevent or remove their calamities, and to adopt those which led directly to their ruin. How true is the ancient saying, Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat! "Those whom God is determined to destroy, he first infatuates." But this applies not exclusively to the poor Jews: how miserably infatuated have the powers of the continent of Europe been, in all their councils and measures, for several years past! And what is the result? They have fallen - most deplorably fallen!
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'Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; 48. Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies ... in want of all things: and He shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until He have destroyed thee.'--DEUT. xxviii. 47, 48 The history of Israel is a picture on the large scale of what befalls every man. A service--we are all born to obedience, to depend on and follow some person or thing. There is only a choice of services; and …
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Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.
The LORD will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured.
At midday you will grope about like a blind person in the dark. You will be unsuccessful in everything you do; day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue you.
Now they grope through the streets as if they were blind. They are so defiled with blood that no one dares to touch their garments.
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