New International Version
He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he makes them wander in a trackless waste.
King James Bible
He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
Darby Bible Translation
He taketh away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a pathless waste.
World English Bible
He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth, and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
Young's Literal Translation
Turning aside the heart Of the heads of the people of the land, And he causeth them to wander In vacancy -- no way!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He taketh away the heart of the chief - Suddenly deprives the leaders of great counsels, or mighty armies of courage; so that, panic-struck, they flee when none pursueth, or are confounded when about to enter on the accomplishment of important designs.
And causeth them to wander in a wilderness - A plain allusion to the journeyings of the Israelites in the deserts of Arabia, on their way to the promised land. Their chief, Aaron, had his courage all taken away by the clamors of the people; and so made them a molten calf to be the object of their worship, which defection from God was the cause of their wandering nearly forty years in the trackless wilderness. The reference is so marked, that it scarcely admits of a doubt; yet Houbigant and some others have called it in question, and suppose that those chiefs or heads of families which led out colonies into distant parts are principally intended. It answers too well to the case of the Israelites in the wilderness to admit of any other interpretation.
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in a wilderness (Bethohoo, 'in chaos,' i.e. in a state of utter confusion; it is the same word which is employed in
, to describe the chaotic state of the earth at the creation.)
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He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders.
he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste.
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