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Isaiah 32:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Blessed are yet that sow beside all waters, that send forth the feet of the ox and the ass.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Blessed [are] ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth [thither] the feet of the ox and the ass.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— How blessed will you be, you who sow beside all waters, Who let out freely the ox and the donkey.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Blessed [are] ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth [thither] the feet of the ox and the ass.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth the feet of the ox and the ass.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— How happy are ye who sow beside all waters,—Who send forth the foot of the ox and the ass.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Happy [are] ye sowing by all waters, Sending forth the foot of the ox and the ass!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Blessed are ye that sow upon all waters, sending thither the foot of the ox and the ass.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Blessed [are] yee that sow beside all waters, that send forth [thither] the feete of the oxe and the asse.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Blessed are they that sow by every water, where the ox and ass tread.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Blessed [are] ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth [thither] the feet of the ox and the ass.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Blessed 835
{0835} Prime
אֶשֶׁר
'esher
{eh'-sher}
From H0833; happiness; only in masculine plural construction as interjection, how happy!.
[are] ye that sow 2232
{2232} Prime
זָרַע
zara`
{zaw-rah'}
A primitive root; to sow; figuratively to disseminate, plant, fructify.
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
beside x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
all x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
waters, 4325
{4325} Prime
מַיִם
mayim
{mah'-yim}
Dual of a primitive noun (but used in a singular sense); water; figuratively juice; by euphemism urine, semen.
that send forth 7971
{7971} Prime
שָׁלַח
shalach
{shaw-lakh'}
A primitive root; to send away, for, or out (in a great variety of applications).
z8764
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
[thither] the feet 7272
{7272} Prime
רֶגֶל
regel
{reh'-gel}
From H7270; a foot (as used in walking); by implication a step; by euphemism the pudenda.
of the ox 7794
{7794} Prime
שׁוֹר
showr
{shore}
From H7788; a bullock (as a traveller). wall used by mistake for H7791.
and the ass. 2543
{2543} Prime
חֲמוֹר
chamowr
{kham-ore'}
From H2560; a male ass (from its dun red).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Isaiah 32:9-20.


Isaiah 32:20

_ _ While the enemy shall be brought “low,” the Jews shall cultivate their land in undisturbed prosperity.

_ _ all waters — well-watered places (Isaiah 30:25). The Hebrew translation, “beside,” ought rather to be translated, “upon” (Ecclesiastes 11:1), where the meaning is, “Cast thy seed upon the waters when the river overflows its banks; the seed will sink into the mud and will spring up when the waters subside, and you will find it after many days in a rich harvest.” Before sowing, they send oxen, etc., into the water to tread the ground for sowing. Castalio thinks there is an allusion to the Mosaic precept, not to plough with an ox and ass together, mystically implying that the Jew was to have no intercourse with Gentiles; the Gospel abolishes this distinction (Colossians 3:11); thus the sense here is, Blessed are ye that sow the gospel seed without distinction of race in the teachers or the taught. But there is no need of supposing that the ox and ass here are yoked together; they are probably “sent forth” separately, as in Isaiah 30:24.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Isaiah 32:9-20.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Isaiah 32:20

Blessed — As the barren forest shall be destroyed, so the fruitful field shall be improved, and bring forth much fruit; which is signified by a declaration of the blessedness of them that sow in it. Waters — In all moist grounds, which are like to yield good fruit. But this also is to be understood of the times of the gospel, and of the great and happy success of the ministers of it. The ox — Which they employed in plowing and sowing the ground.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Isaiah 32:20

Blessed [are] ye (n) that sow beside all waters, that (o) send forth [there] the feet of the ox and the donkey.

(n) That is, upon fat ground and well watered, which brings forth in abundance, or in places which before were covered with waters, and now made dry for your uses.

(o) The fields will be so rank, that they will send out their cattle to eat up the first crop, which abundance will be signs of God's love and favour toward them.

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Blessed:

Isaiah 19:5-7 And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up. ... The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and every thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no [more].
Isaiah 30:23 Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.
Isaiah 55:10-11 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: ... So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.
Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.
Acts 4:4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
Acts 5:14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)
1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
James 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

the ox:

Isaiah 30:24 The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.
1 Corinthians 9:9-11 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? ... If we have sown unto you spiritual things, [is it] a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
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