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Isaiah 9:10 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The bricks are fallen, but we will build with hewn stone; the sycomores are cut down, but we will put cedars in their place.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change [them into] cedars.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “The bricks have fallen down, But we will rebuild with smooth stones; The sycamores have been cut down, But we will replace [them] with cedars.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The bricks have fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will change [them into] cedars.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones; the sycamore trees are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Bricks, have fallen down, But, with hewn stone, will we build,—Sycomores, have been felled, But, with cedars, will we replace them.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 'Bricks have fallen, and hewn work we build, Sycamores have been cut down, and cedars we renew.'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with square stones: they have cut down the sycamores, but we will change them for cedars.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The brickes are fallen downe, but we will build with hewen stones: the Sycomores are cut downe, but we will change [them] into Cedars.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The bricks are fallen down, but come, let us hew stones, and cut down sycamores and cedars, and let us build for ourselves a tower.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change [them into] cedars.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The bricks 3843
{3843} Prime
לְבֵנָה
l@benah
{leb-ay-naw'}
From H3835; a brick (from the whiteness of the clay).
are fallen down, 5307
{5307} Prime
נָפַל
naphal
{naw-fal'}
A primitive root; to fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitively or causatively, literally or figuratively).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
but we will build 1129
{1129} Prime
בָּנָה
banah
{baw-naw'}
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
with hewn stones: 1496
{1496} Prime
גָּזִית
gaziyth
{gaw-zeeth'}
From H1491; something cut, that is, dressed stone.
the sycomores 8256
{8256} Prime
שָׁקָם
shaqam
{shaw-kawm'}
(The second form is feminine); of uncertain derivation; a sycamore (usually the tree).
are cut down, 1438
{1438} Prime
גָּדַע
gada`
{gaw-dah'}
A primitive root; to fell a tree; generally to destroy anything.
z8795
<8795> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 199
but we will change 2498
{2498} Prime
חָלַף
chalaph
{khaw-laf'}
A primitive root; properly to slide by, that is, (by implication) to hasten away, pass on, spring up, pierce or change.
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
[them into] cedars. 730
{0730} Prime
אֶרֶז
'erez
{eh-rez'}
From H0729; a cedar tree (from the tenacity of its roots).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Isaiah 9:10

_ _ bricks — in the East generally sun-dried, and therefore soon dissolved by rain. Granting, say the Ephraimites to the prophet’s threat, that our affairs are in a ruinous state, we will restore them to more than their former magnificence. Self-confident unwillingness to see the judgments of God (Isaiah 26:11).

_ _ hewn stones — (1 Kings 5:17).

_ _ sycamores — growing abundantly on the low lands of Judea, and though useful for building on account of their antiseptic property (which induced the Egyptians to use them for the cases of their mummies), not very valuable. The cedar, on the other hand, was odorous, free from knots, durable, and precious (1 Kings 10:27). “We will replace cottages with palaces.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Isaiah 9:8-21.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Isaiah 9:10

Stones — We have received some damage; but, we doubt not we shall quickly repair it with advantage.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Isaiah 9:10

The (n) bricks have fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change [them into] cedars.

(n) We were but weak, when the enemy overcame us, but we will make ourselves so strong, that we will neither care for our enemies, nor fear God's threatenings.

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bricks:

1 Kings 7:9-12 All these [were of] costly stones, according to the measures of hewed stones, sawed with saws, within and without, even from the foundation unto the coping, and [so] on the outside toward the great court. ... And the great court round about [was] with three rows of hewed stones, and a row of cedar beams, both for the inner court of the house of the LORD, and for the porch of the house.
1 Kings 10:27 And the king made silver [to be] in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he [to be] as the sycomore trees that [are] in the vale, for abundance.
Malachi 1:4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.
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1K 7:9; 10:27. Mal 1:4.

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