New International Version
Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
King James Bible
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Darby Bible Translation
Then two shall be in the field, one is taken and one is left;
World English Bible
Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and one will be left;
Young's Literal Translation
Then two men shall be in the field, the one is received, and the one is left;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Then shall two men - two women - one shall be taken, and the other left - The meaning seems to be, that so general should these calamities be, that no two persons, wheresoever found, or about whatsoever employed, should be both able to effect their escape; and that captivity and the sword should have a complete triumph over this unhappy people.
Two women shall be grinding - Women alone are still employed in grinding the corn in the east; and it is only when despatch is required, or the uppermost millstone is heavy, that a second woman is added. See Wakefield, and Harmer, Obs. vol. i. 253. That they were formerly thus employed, see Exodus 11:5, and the note there. See also Isaiah 47:2.
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'Wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.'--MATT. xxiv. 28. This grim parable has, of course, a strong Eastern colouring. It is best appreciated by dwellers in those lands. They tell us that no sooner is some sickly animal dead, or some piece of carrion thrown out by the way, than the vultures--for the eagle does not prey upon carrion--appear. There may not have been one visible a moment before in the hot blue sky, but, taught by scent or by sight that their banquet …
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and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
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