New International Version
Take millstones and grind flour; take off your veil. Lift up your skirts, bare your legs, and wade through the streams.
King James Bible
Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
Darby Bible Translation
Take the millstones, and grind meal; remove thy veil, lift up the train, uncover the leg, pass over rivers:
World English Bible
Take the millstones, and grind meal; remove your veil, strip off the train, uncover the leg, pass through the rivers.
Young's Literal Translation
Take millstones, and grind flour, Remove thy veil, draw up the skirt, Uncover the leg, pass over the floods.
Isaiah 47:2 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Take the millstones, and grind meal "Take the mill, and grind corn" - It was the work of slaves to grind the corn. They used hand-mills: water-mills were not invented till a little before the time of Augustus, (see the Greek epigram of Antipater, which seems to celebrate it as a new invention, Anthol. Cephalae, 653); wind-mills, not until long after. It was not only the work of slaves, but the hardest work; and often inflicted upon them as a severe punishment: -
Molendum in pistrino; vapulandum; habendae compedes.
Terent. Phorm. 2:1.19.
Hominem pistrino dignum.
Id. Heaut. 3:2.19.
To grind in the mill, to be scourged, to be put in the stocks, were punishments for slaves. Hence a delinquent was said to be a man worthy of the mill. The tread-mill, now in use in England, is a revival of this ancient usage. But in the east grinding was the work of the female slaves. See Exodus 11:5; Exodus 12:29, (in the version of the Septuagint;) Matthew 24:41; Homer, Odyss. 20:105-108. And it is the same to this day. "Women alone are employed to grind their corn;" Shaw's Algiers and Tunis, p. 287. "They are the female slaves, that are generally employed in the east at those hand-mills for grinding corn; it is extremely laborious, and esteemed the lowest employment in the house;" Sir J. Chardin, Harmer's Observ. i., p. 153. The words denote that state of captivity to which the Babylonians should be reduced.
Make bare the leg, uncover the thigh - This is repeatedly seen in Bengal, where there are few bridges, and both sexes, having neither shoes nor stockings, truss up their loose garments, and walk across, where the waters are not deep. In the deeper water they are obliged to truss very high, to which there seems a reference in the third verse: Thy nakedness shall be uncovered.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Unseen Watcher
[This chapter is based on Daniel 5.] Toward the close of Daniel's life great changes were taking place in the land to which, over threescore years before, he and his Hebrew companions had been carried captive. Nebuchadnezzar, "the terrible of the nations" (Ezekiel 28:7), had died, and Babylon, "the praise of the whole earth" (Jeremiah 51:41), had passed under the unwise rule of his successors, and gradual but sure dissolution was resulting. Through the folly and weakness of Belshazzar, the grandson …
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings
How Christ is the Way in General, "I am the Way. "
Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
1 Corinthians 11:5
But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head--it is the same as having her head shaved.
and asked the servant, "Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?" "He is my master," the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.
Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.
then may my wife grind another man's grain, and may other men sleep with her.
when the doors to the street are closed and the sound of grinding fades; when people rise up at the sound of birds, but all their songs grow faint;
and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.
Jump to PreviousBare Cross Crushed Draw Flour Grind Leg Lift Meal Millstones Remove Rivers Robe Skirt Skirts Streams Strip Thigh Train Uncover Uncovered Veil Wade
Jump to NextBare Cross Crushed Draw Flour Grind Leg Lift Meal Millstones Remove Rivers Robe Skirt Skirts Streams Strip Thigh Train Uncover Uncovered Veil Wade
LinksIsaiah 47:2 NIV
Isaiah 47:2 NLT
Isaiah 47:2 ESV
Isaiah 47:2 NASB
Isaiah 47:2 KJV
Isaiah 47:2 Bible Apps
Isaiah 47:2 Biblia Paralela
Isaiah 47:2 Chinese Bible
Isaiah 47:2 French Bible
Isaiah 47:2 German Bible
Isaiah 47:2 Commentaries
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.