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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CommentaryClarke'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.
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"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
So the LORD will cut off from Israel both head and tail, both palm branch and reed in a single day;
the elders and dignitaries are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail.
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