Isaiah 19:15
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New International Version
There is nothing Egypt can do-- head or tail, palm branch or reed.

King James Bible
Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.

Darby Bible Translation
Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, palm-branch or rush, may do.

World English Bible
Neither shall there be for Egypt any work, which head or tail, palm branch or rush, may do.

Young's Literal Translation
And there is no work to Egypt, That head or tail, branch or reed, may do.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The head or tail, branch or rush - R. D. Kimchi says, there are some who suppose that these words mean the dragon's head and tail; and refer to all those who are conversant in astronomy, astrology, etc.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Isaiah 9:14,15 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day...

Psalm 128:2 For you shall eat the labor of your hands: happy shall you be, and it shall be well with you.

Proverbs 14:23 In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tends only to penury.

Habakkuk 3:17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail...

Haggai 1:11 And I called for a drought on the land, and on the mountains, and on the corn, and on the new wine, and on the oil...

1 Thessalonians 4:11,12 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you...

Library
The Fruits of Grace
"In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the Lord of hosts; one shall be called the city of destruction. In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord. And it all be for a sign and for a witness unto the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the Lord because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a Saviour, and a great one, and he shall
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 62: 1916

a survey of the third and closing discourse of the prophet
We shall now, in conclusion, give a survey of the third and closing discourse of the prophet. After an introduction in vi. 1, 2, where the mountains serve only to give greater solemnity to the scene (in the fundamental passages Deut. xxxii. 1, and in Is. 1, 2, "heaven and earth" are mentioned for the same purposes, inasmuch as they are the most venerable parts of creation; "contend with the mountains" by taking them in and applying to [Pg 522] them as hearers), the prophet reminds the people of
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament

Cross References
Isaiah 9:14
So the LORD will cut off from Israel both head and tail, both palm branch and reed in a single day;

Isaiah 9:15
the elders and dignitaries are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail.

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