New International Version
a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young.
King James Bible
A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:
Darby Bible Translation
a nation of fierce countenance, which regardeth not the person of the old, nor is kind to the young;
World English Bible
a nation of fierce facial expressions, that shall not respect the person of the old, nor show favor to the young,
Young's Literal Translation
a nation -- fierce of countenance -- which accepteth not the face of the aged, and the young doth not favour;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A nation - from far - Probably the Romans.
As the eagle flieth - The very animal on all the Roman standards. The Roman eagle is proverbial.
Whose tongue thou shalt not understand - The Latin language, than which none was more foreign to the structure and idiom of the Hebrew.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
of fierce countenance [heb] strong of face
LibraryA Choice of Masters
'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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The Sin of Unbelief
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The Voice of Stern Rebuke
They will devour the young of your livestock and the crops of your land until you are destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine or olive oil, nor any calves of your herds or lambs of your flocks until you are ruined.
Who is like the wise? Who knows the explanation of things? A person's wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance.
You will see those arrogant people no more, people whose speech is obscure, whose language is strange and incomprehensible.
I was angry with my people and desecrated my inheritance; I gave them into your hand, and you showed them no mercy. Even on the aged you laid a very heavy yoke.
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