Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

Better are those slain with the sword
Than those slain with hunger;
For they pine away, being stricken
For lack of the fruits of the field.

King James Version

They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.

Holman Bible

ט TetThose slain by the sword are better off
than those slain by hunger,
who waste away, pierced with pain
because the fields lack produce.

International Standard Version

Those who die by the sword are better off than those who die from starvation, who slowly waste away like those pierced through for lack of food from the fields.

A Conservative Version

Those who are slain with the sword are better than those who are slain with hunger, for these pine away, stricken through, for want of the fruits of the field.

American Standard Version

They that are slain with the sword are better than they that are slain with hunger; For these pine away, stricken through, for want of the fruits of the field.

Amplified


Those killed with the sword
Are more fortunate than those killed with hunger;
For the hungry pine and ebb away,
For the lack of the fruits of the field.

Bible in Basic English

Those who have been put to the sword are better off than those whose death is caused by need of food; for these come to death slowly, burned up like the fruit of the field.

Darby Translation

The slain with the sword are happier than the slain with hunger; for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.

Julia Smith Translation

Those wounded by the sword were good above those wounded by famine: these will flow away, being thrust through from the produce of the field.

King James 2000

They that are slain with the sword are better than they that are slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for lack of the fruits of the field.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Happier were [the] victims of [the] sword than the victims of famine; they have pined away, very hungry for the crops of my field.

Modern King James verseion

Better are the ones slain by the sword than the ones slain by hunger; those who pine away, pierced because the fruits of my fields failed.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

{Tet} They that be slain with the sword, are happier than such as die of hunger, and perish away famishing for the fruits of the field.

NET Bible

(Tet) Those who died by the sword are better off than those who die of hunger, those who waste away, struck down from lack of food.

New Heart English Bible

Those who are killed with the sword are better than those who are killed with hunger; those who waste away, pierced through, for lack of the fruits of the field.

The Emphasized Bible

Better are the slain of the sword, than the slain of the famine, - for, these, pine away, stricken through, wanting the produce of the field.

Webster

They that are slain with the sword are better than they that are slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.

World English Bible

Those who are killed with the sword are better than those who are killed with hunger; For these pine away, stricken through, for want of the fruits of the field.

Youngs Literal Translation

Better have been the pierced of a sword Than the pierced of famine, For these flow away, pierced through, Without the increase of the field.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
חלל 
Chalal 
Usage: 94

with the sword
חרב 
Chereb 
Usage: 413

חלל 
Chalal 
Usage: 94

with hunger
רעב 
Ra`ab 
Usage: 101

המּה הם 
hem 
Usage: 517

זוּב 
Zuwb 
Usage: 42

דּקר 
Daqar 
Usage: 11

תּנוּבה 
T@nuwbah 
Usage: 5

References

Fausets

Context Readings

Zion Is Punished

8 Their appearance is blacker than soot,
They are not recognized in the streets;
Their skin is shriveled on their bones,
It is withered, it has become like wood.
9 Better are those slain with the sword
Than those slain with hunger;
For they pine away, being stricken
For lack of the fruits of the field.
10 The hands of compassionate women
Boiled their own children;
They became food for them
Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.


Cross References

Leviticus 26:39

So those of you who may be left will rot away because of their iniquity in the lands of your enemies; and also because of the iniquities of their forefathers they will rot away with them.

Ezekiel 24:23

Your turbans will be on your heads and your shoes on your feet. You will not mourn and you will not weep, but you will rot away in your iniquities and you will groan to one another.

Jeremiah 16:4

“They will die of deadly diseases, they will not be lamented or buried; they will be as dung on the surface of the ground and come to an end by sword and famine, and their carcasses will become food for the birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth.”

Ezekiel 33:10

“Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus you have spoken, saying, “Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are rotting away in them; how then can we survive?”’

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