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Isaiah 28:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it; and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For the bed is shorter than that [a man] can stretch himself [on it]: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself [in it].
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The bed is too short on which to stretch out, And the blanket is too small to wrap oneself in.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For the bed is shorter than that [a man] can stretch himself [on it]: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself [in it].
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on, and the covering too narrow when he would wrap himself in it.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For too short, is the couch to stretch oneself out,—And, the coverlet, too narrow, when one draweth up his feet.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— For shorter hath been the bed Than to stretch one's self out in, And the covering hath been narrower Than to wrap one's self up in.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For the bed is straitened, so that one must fall out, and a short covering cannot cover both.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For the bed is shorter, then that a man can stretch himselfe on [it]: and the couering narrower, then that he can wrap himselfe in [it].
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— ye that are distressed; we cannot fight, but we are ourselves too weak for you to be gathered.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— For the bed is shorter than that [a man] can stretch himself [on it]: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself [in it].

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For x3588
(3588) Complement
כִּי
kiy
{kee}
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
the bed 4702
{4702} Prime
מַצָּע
matstsa`
{mats-tsaw'}
From H3331; a couch.
is shorter 7114
{7114} Prime
קָצַר
qatsar
{kaw-tsar'}
A primitive root; to dock off, that is, curtail (transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively); especially to harvest (grass or grain).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
than that [a man] can stretch y8311
[8311] Standard
שָׂרַע
sara`
{saw-rah'}
A primitive root; to prolong, that is, (reflexively) be deformed by excess of members.
z8692
<8692> Grammar
Stem - Hithpael (See H8819)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 116
himself x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
x8311
(8311) Complement
שָׂרַע
sara`
{saw-rah'}
A primitive root; to prolong, that is, (reflexively) be deformed by excess of members.
[on it]: and the covering 4541
{4541} Prime
מַסֵּכָה
maccekah
{mas-say-kaw'}
From H5258; properly a pouring over, that is, fusion of metal (especially a cast image); by implication a libation, that is, league; concretely a coverlet (as if poured out).
narrower 6887
{6887} Prime
צָרַר
tsarar
{tsaw-rar'}
A primitive root; to cramp, literally or figuratively, transitively or intransitively.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
than that he can wrap y3664
[3664] Standard
כָּנַס
kanac
{kaw-nas'}
A primitive root; to collect; hence, to enfold.
z8692
<8692> Grammar
Stem - Hithpael (See H8819)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 116
himself x3664
(3664) Complement
כָּנַס
kanac
{kaw-nas'}
A primitive root; to collect; hence, to enfold.
[in it].
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Isaiah 28:20

_ _ Proverbial, for they shall find all their sources of confidence fail them; all shall be hopeless perplexity in their affairs.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Isaiah 28:14-22.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Isaiah 28:20

For — For those lying refuges, to which you trust, will not be able to give you that protection, which you expect from them; no more than a man can stretch himself upon a bed that is too short for him.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Isaiah 28:20

For the bed is (z) shorter than that [a man] can stretch himself [on it]: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself [in it].

(z) Your affliction will be so sore, that you are not able to endure it.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the bed:

Isaiah 57:12-13 I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee. ... When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take [them]: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;
Isaiah 59:5-6 They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. ... Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works [are] works of iniquity, and the act of violence [is] in their hands.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Isaiah 66:3-6 He that killeth an ox [is as if] he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, [as if] he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, [as if he offered] swine's blood; he that burneth incense, [as if] he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. ... A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies.
Jeremiah 7:8-10 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. ... And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?
Romans 9:30-32 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. ... Wherefore? Because [they sought it] not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
1 Corinthians 1:18-31 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. ... That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
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Is 57:12; 59:5; 64:6; 66:3. Jr 7:8. Ro 9:30. 1Co 1:18.

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