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Isa 16:1(top)
Isa 16:2

“scattered nest.” Here, “nest” is put by metonymy for the birds in it, which are scattered. Thus, some versions have “scattered nestlings” (cp. NAB; NASB; NJB; NRS; RSV; TNK).

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Isa 16:3

“Make your shade like the night in the middle of the noonday.” An expanded translation of this might be, “Make your shade as dark as the night in the middle of the noonday.” The noonday sun was hot and bright, and people often sought protection and shelter from it. What is challenging about this verse is that it is unclear who is doing the speaking. Perhaps the writer is speaking as if he were one of the Moabites who were suffering terribly and requesting shelter and protection.

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Isa 16:5

“one will sit on it in faithfulness.” The “one” is the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

“what is right.” The Hebrew is “righteousness,” which in this context is “what is right,” or as some English versions have, “justice.” [For more on “righteousness” referring to what is right or to “justice,” see commentary on Matthew 5:6].

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Isa 16:11

“my bowels.” In the biblical culture, the bowels and abdominal organs were the seat of emotion.

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