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Deuteronomy 28:28

    Deuteronomy 28:28 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The LORD shall smite you with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Jehovah will smite thee with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He will make your minds diseased, and your eyes blind, and your hearts wasted with fear:

    Webster's Revision

    Jehovah will smite thee with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart;

    World English Bible

    Yahweh will strike you with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart:

    Definitions for Deuteronomy 28:28

    Smite - To strike; beat.

    Clarke's Commentary on Deuteronomy 28:28

    The Lord shall smite thee with madness - שגעון shiggaon, distraction, so that thou shalt not know what to do.

    And blindness - עורון ivvaron, blindness, both physical and mental; the גרב garab, (Deuteronomy 28:27), destroying their eyes, and the judgments of God confounding their understandings.

    Astonishment - תמהון timmahon, stupidity and amazement. By the just judgments of God they were so completely confounded, as not to discern the means by which they might prevent or remove their calamities, and to adopt those which led directly to their ruin. How true is the ancient saying, Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat! "Those whom God is determined to destroy, he first infatuates." But this applies not exclusively to the poor Jews: how miserably infatuated have the powers of the continent of Europe been, in all their councils and measures, for several years past! And what is the result? They have fallen - most deplorably fallen!

    Deuteronomy 28:28

    Barnes' Notes on Deuteronomy 28:28

    Mental maladies shah be added to those sore bodily plagues, and should Deuteronomy 28:29-34 reduce the sufferers to powerlessness before their enemies and oppressors.

    Blindness - Most probably mental blindness; compare Lamentations 4:14; Zephaniah 1:17; 2 Corinthians 3:14 ff.

    Wesley's Notes on Deuteronomy 28:28

    28:28 Blindness - Of mind, so that they shall not know what to do: Astonishment - They shall be filled with wonder and horror because of the strangeness and soreness of their calamities.