14 Therefore the Lord will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.

Other Translations of Isaiah 9:14

New International Version

14 So the Lord will cut off from Israel both head and tail, both palm branch and reed in a single day;

English Standard Version

14 So the Lord cut off from Israel head and tail, palm branch and reed in one day--

The Message

14 So God hacked off Israel's head and tail, palm branch and reed, both on the same day.

New King James Version

14 Therefore the Lord will cut off head and tail from Israel, Palm branch and bulrush in one day.

New Living Translation

14 Therefore, in a single day the Lord will destroy both the head and the tail, the noble palm branch and the lowly reed.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Isaiah 9:14

Commentary on Isaiah 9:8-21

(Read Isaiah 9:8-21)

Those are ripening apace for ruin, whose hearts are unhumbled under humbling providences. For that which God designs, in smiting us, is, to turn us to himself; and if this point be not gained by lesser judgments, greater may be expected. The leaders of the people misled them. We have reason to be afraid of those that speak well of us, when we do ill. Wickedness was universal, all were infected with it. They shall be in trouble, and see no way out; and when men's ways displease the Lord, he makes even their friends to be at war with them. God would take away those they thought to have help from. Their rulers were the head. Their false prophets were the tail and the rush, the most despicable. In these civil contests, men preyed on near relations who were as their own flesh. The people turn not to Him who smites them, therefore he continues to smite: for when God judges, he will overcome; and the proudest, stoutest sinner shall either bend or break.