Parallel Verses

Julia Smith Translation

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

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.

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 Chiefs were hung by their hand: the faces of old men were not honored. 13 They took away the chosen ones to grind, and the young men were weak in the wood. 14 Old men ceased from the gate, the chosen ones from their stringed instruments.

Cross References

Judges 16:21

And Philisteim will seize him, and they will bore out his eyes, and will bring him down to Gaza and bind him with fetters of brass, and he will be grinding in the house of bonds.

Exodus 1:11

And they will set over them leaders of the tributes in order to afflict them in their burdens. And they will build cities of stores for Pharaoh, Pithom and Raamses

Exodus 2:11

And it will be in these days, and Moses will become great, and he will go forth to his brethren, and he will see their burdens: and he will see a man, an Egyptian, smiting a man, a Hebrew, from his brethren.

Exodus 11:5

And every first-born in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first-born of Pharaoh sitting upon his throne, even to the first-born of the maid which is behind the two mill-stones; and every first-born of quadruped.

Exodus 23:5

If thou shalt see the ass of him hating thee, lying down under his load, and thou didst desist from cutting loose for him, releasing, thou shall release with him.

Nehemiah 5:1-5

And a cry of the people and their wives will be great against their brethren the Jews.

Job 31:10

My wife shall grind for another, and others shall bow down upon her.

Isaiah 47:2

Take the two mill-stones and grind flour, and uncover thy veil; strip off the train, uncover the leg, pass through the rivers.

Isaiah 58:6

Is not this the fast I shall choose? to loose the bands of injustice, to shake off the bundles of the yoke, and to send away the broken free, and ye shall break every yoke?

Matthew 23:4

For they bind loads heavy and difficult to carry, and put upon men's shoulders; and with their fingers will they not move them.

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