Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

Young men worked at the grinding mill,
And youths stumbled under loads of wood.

King James Version

They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

Holman Bible

Young men labor at millstones;
boys stumble under loads of wood.

International Standard Version

Our young men must grind grain with a millstone; our youths stumble under the weight of wood.

A Conservative Version

The young men bore the mill, and the sons stumbled under the wood.

American Standard Version

The young men bare the mill; And the children stumbled under the wood.


Young men worked at the grinding mill,
And boys fell [staggering] under loads of wood.

Bible in Basic English

The young men were crushing the grain, and the boys were falling under the wood.

Darby Translation

The young men have borne the mill, and the youths have stumbled under the wood.

Julia Smith Translation

They took away the chosen ones to grind, and the young men were weak in the wood.

King James 2000

They took the young men to grind, and the children stagger under loads of wood.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Young men must carry a hand-mill and boys stumble under the wood.

Modern King James verseion

They took the young men to grind, and the youths stumbled at the wood.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

they have taken young men's lives from them, and the boys are hanged up upon trees.

NET Bible

The young men perform menial labor; boys stagger from their labor.

New Heart English Bible

The young men grind at the mill; the boys stagger under loads of wood.

The Emphasized Bible

Young men, a millstone, have lifted, and, youths, under wood, have staggered.


They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

World English Bible

The young men bare the mill; The children stumbled under the wood.

Youngs Literal Translation

Young men to grind they have taken, And youths with wood have stumbled.


Root Form
נסה נשׂא 
Usage: 653

the young men
בּחר בּחוּר 
Usage: 46

to grind
Usage: 1

and the children
Usage: 239

Usage: 62

Verse Info

Context Readings

A Request For Mercy

12 Princes were hung by their hands;
Elders were not respected.
13 Young men worked at the grinding mill,
And youths stumbled under loads of wood.
14 Elders are gone from the gate,
Young men from their music.

Cross References

Judges 16:21

Then the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze chains, and he was a grinder in the prison.

Exodus 1:11

So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor. And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses.

Exodus 2:11

Now it came about in those days, when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.

Exodus 11:5

and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the millstones; all the firstborn of the cattle as well.

Exodus 23:5

If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying helpless under its load, you shall refrain from leaving it to him, you shall surely release it with him.

Nehemiah 5:1-5

Now there was a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers.

Job 31:10

May my wife grind for another,
And let others kneel down over her.

Isaiah 47:2

“Take the millstones and grind meal.
Remove your veil, strip off the skirt,
Uncover the leg, cross the rivers.

Isaiah 58:6

“Is this not the fast which I choose,
To loosen the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to let the oppressed go free
And break every yoke?

Matthew 23:4

They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.

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