New International Version
Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
King James Bible
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Darby Bible Translation
two [women] grinding at the mill, one is taken and one is left.
World English Bible
two women grinding at the mill, one will be taken and one will be left.
Young's Literal Translation
two women shall be grinding in the mill, one is received, and 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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Two. The [mulon] was a hand-mill composed of two stones; 'the uppermost of which is turned round by a small handle of wood or iron that is placed in the rim. When this stone is large, or expedition required, a second person is called to assist; and as it is usual for women alone to be concerned in this employment, who seat themselves over against each other with the millstone between then, we may see not only the propriety of the expression, Ex.
11:5,' but the force of this.--Dr. Shaw.
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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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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.
Do not take a pair of millstones--not even the upper one--as security for a debt, because that would be taking a person's livelihood as security.
Take millstones and grind flour; take off your veil. Lift up your skirts, bare your legs, and wade through the streams.
Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left."
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