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Isaiah 34:9

    Isaiah 34:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the streams of Edom'shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And its streams will be turned into boiling oil, and its dust into burning stone, and all the land will be on fire.

    Webster's Revision

    And the streams of Edom'shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

    World English Bible

    Its streams will be turned into pitch, its dust into sulfur, And its land will become burning pitch.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

    Definitions for Isaiah 34:9

    Brimstone - Sulphur.
    Pitch - A thick, dark, sticky substance.

    Barnes' Notes on Isaiah 34:9

    And the streams thereof - The idea here is, that there would be as great and awful a destruction as if the streams everywhere should become pitch or resin, which would be set on fire, and which would fill the land with flame. This image is very striking, as we may see by supposing the rivers and streams in any land to flow not with water, but with heated pitch, turpentine, or tar, and that this was all suddenly kindled into a flame. It cannot be supposed that this is to be taken literally. The image is evidently taken from the destruction of Sodom and Gamorrah (Genesis 19:25-28), an image which is more fully used in reference to the same subject in Jeremiah 49:17-18 : 'And Edom shall be a desolation;... as in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the neighbor cities thereof, saith the Lord, no man shall abide there, neither shall a son of man dwell in it.'

    And the dust thereof into brimstone - The ruin shall be as entire as if all the soil were turned into brimstone, which should be ignited and left burning.

    Wesley's Notes on Isaiah 34:9

    34:9 The land - Idumea shall be dealt with, as Sodom and Gomorrah were.