Isaiah 17:13
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New International Version
Although the peoples roar like the roar of surging waters, when he rebukes them they flee far away, driven before the wind like chaff on the hills, like tumbleweed before a gale.

King James Bible
The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

Darby Bible Translation
The nations rush as the rushing of many waters; but he will rebuke them, and they shall flee far away, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a whirling [of dust] before the whirlwind:

World English Bible
The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters: but he will rebuke them, and they will flee far off, and will be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like the whirling dust before the storm.

Young's Literal Translation
Nations as the wasting of many waters are wasted, And He hath pushed against it, And it hath fled afar off, And been pursued as chaff of hills before wind, And as a rolling thing before a hurricane.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Wo to the multitude - The three last verses of this chapter seem to have no relation to the foregoing prophecy, to which they are joined. It is a beautiful piece, standing singly and by itself; for neither has it any connection with what follows: whether it stands in its right place, or not, I cannot say. It is a noble description of the formidable invasion and the sudden overthrow of Sennacherib; which is intimated in the strongest terms and the most expressive images, exactly suitable to the event.

Like the rushing of mighty waters! - Five words, three at the end of the twelfth verse, and two at the beginning of the thirteenth, are omitted in eight MSS., with the Syriac; that is, in effect, the repetition contained in the first line of Isaiah 17:13 in this translation, is not made. After having observed that it is equally easy to account for the omission of these words by a transcriber if they are genuine, or their insertion if they are not genuine, occasioned by his carrying his eye backwards to the word לאמים leammim, or forwards to ישאון yeshaon, I shall leave it to the reader's judgment to determine whether they are genuine or not. Instead of כהמות cahamoth, "as the roaring," five MSS. and the Vulgate have כהמון kehamon, "as the multitude."

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but

Isaiah 10:15,16,33,34 Shall the ax boast itself against him that hews therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shakes it...

Isaiah 14:25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and on my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them...

Isaiah 25:4,5 For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat...

Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent...

Isaiah 30:30-33 And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall show the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger...

Isaiah 31:8,9 Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him...

Isaiah 33:1-3 Woe to you that spoil, and you were not spoiled; and deal treacherously...

Isaiah 33:9-12 The earth mourns and languishes: Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness...

Isaiah 37:29-38 Because your rage against me, and your tumult, is come up into my ears, therefore will I put my hook in your nose...

Psalm 9:5 You have rebuked the heathen, you have destroyed the wicked, you have put out their name for ever and ever.

Psalm 46:5-11 God is in the middle of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early...

rebuke

Job 38:11 And said, Till now shall you come, but no further: and here shall your proud waves be stayed?

Mark 4:39-41 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm...

shall be

Isaiah 29:5 Moreover the multitude of your strangers shall be like small dust...

Isaiah 41:15,16 Behold, I will make you a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: you shall thresh the mountains, and beat them small...

Job 21:18 They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carries away.

Psalm 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

Psalm 35:5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.

Psalm 83:13-15 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind...

Daniel 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together...

Hosea 13:3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud and as the early dew that passes away...

a rolling thing. or, thistle-down

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The Harvest of a Godless Life
'Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the Rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.'--ISAIAH xvii. 10, 11. The original application of these words is to Judah's alliance with Damascus, which Isaiah was dead against.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Job 21:18
How often are they like straw before the wind, like chaff swept away by a gale?

Psalm 1:4
Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.

Psalm 9:5
You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.

Psalm 65:7
who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.

Psalm 83:13
Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like chaff before the wind.

Isaiah 8:7
therefore the Lord is about to bring against them the mighty floodwaters of the Euphrates-- the king of Assyria with all his pomp. It will overflow all its channels, run over all its banks

Isaiah 21:15
They flee from the sword, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow and from the heat of battle.

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