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Isaiah 15:6

 

 

For the waters of Nimrim are desolate. Surely the grass is withered, the tender grass died out, There is no green thing.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

For the waters of Nimrim - It is supposed by some that the prophet here states the cause why the Moabites would flee to the cities of the south, to wit, that the “waters” of the northern cities would fail, and the country become desolate, and that they would seek support in the south. But it is more probable that he is simply continuing the description of the desolation that would come upon Moab. Nimrah, or Beth Nimra, meaning a “house of limpid waters,” was a city of Reuben east of the Dead Sea (Numbers 32:3; compare Jeremiah 48:34). It was, doubtless, a city celebrated for its pure fountains and springs of water. Here Seetzen‘s chart shows a brook flowing into the Jordan called “Nahr Nimrim, or Wady Shoaib.” ‹On the east of the Jordan over against Jericho, there is now a stream called Nimlim - doubtless the ancient Nimrim. This flows into the Jordan, and as it flows along gives fertility to that part of the country of Moab.‘ (Eli Smith.) It is possible that the waters failed by a common practice in times of war when an enemy destroyed the fountains of a country by diverting their waters, or by casting into them stones, trees, etc. This destructive measure of war occurs, with reference to Moab, in 2 Kings 3:25, when the Israelites, during an incursion into Moab, felled the fruit trees, cast stones into the plowed grounds, and “closed the fountains, or wells.”

For the hay is withered away - The waters are dried up, and the land yields nothing to support life.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Isaiah 15:6". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/isaiah-15.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate,.... Or dried up, through a great drought that should come upon the land at this time; or being defiled with the blood of the slain, as Jarchi: it may denote the well watered pastures about Nimrim, that should become the forage of the enemy, and be trodden under foot by its army, or be forsaken by the proprietors of them. JosephusF13De Bello Jud. l. 7. c. 6. sect. 3. Ed. Hudson. speaks of fountains of hot water springing up in the country of Peraea, where Nimrim was, of a different taste, some bitter, and others sweet; which, Dr. LightfootF14Ut supra (See his Works, vol. 2.) p. 50. suggests, might be these waters of Nimrim; and, according to the Jerusalem TalmudF15T. Hieros. Sheviith, fol. 38. 4. , Bethnimrah was in that part of the country which was called the valley, and so was very fruitful with springs of water. The word is in the plural number, and may design more places of the same name; and we read of Nimrah and Bethnimrah, Numbers 32:3. JeromF16De locis Hebraicis, fol. 93. I. calls it Nemra, and says it was a large village in his time; it seems to have its name from panthers or leopards, of which there might be many in these parts:

for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing; by which it seems that the desolation spoken of was not merely through the forage and trampling of the enemy's army, but by a drought.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 15:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/isaiah-15.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

For — the cause of their flight southwards (2 Kings 3:19, 2 Kings 3:25). “For” the northern regions and even the city Nimrim (the very name of which means “limpid waters,” in Gilead near Jordan) are without water or herbage.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Isaiah 15:6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/isaiah-15.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.

Waters — Watery grounds being very fruitful, are commonly most inhabited; but now they also, much more the dry and barren grounds, shall be desolate and without inhabitant.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 15:6". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/isaiah-15.html. 1765.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

6.The waters of Nimrim. By an exaggerated form of expression he gives a more enlarged view of this desolation. He says that the grass is withered, which takes place when God leaves any soil destitute of all nourishment. The waters will be taken away, which probably were highly necessary for that dry and parched country; for soils of that kind produce nothing without irrigation. Though the style is exaggerated, yet nothing is stated but what is strictly true; for the Prophet did not go beyond proper bounds, but found it necessary to use bold expressions to suit the ignorance of the people, in order to inform them that a land which is deprived of the blessing of God will be like a desert without any beauty.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 15:6". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/isaiah-15.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Isaiah 15:6 For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.

Ver. 6. For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate.] What these waters of Nimrim were it doth not appear. Jerome saith that Nimrim is a town near the Dead Sea, where the waters are salt, and the country about it barren; so should the land of Moab now be forlorn and fruitless.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 15:6". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/isaiah-15.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The waters; either,

1. Properly, they shall be dried up; or,

2. Figuratively, the waterish grounds, as waters seem to be taken, Ecclesiastes 11:1 Isaiah 32:20. These being very fruitful, are commonly most inhabited and cultivated; but now they also, and much more the dry and barren grounds, shall be desolate, and without inhabitant.

There is no green thing, by the just and special judgment of God. Thus God and man conspire together to destroy them.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Isaiah 15:6". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/isaiah-15.html. 1685.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘For the waters of Nimrim will be desolate,

For the grass is withered away,

The tender grass fails,

There is no green thing.’

Nimrim is possibly the Wadi Numeirah, which flows into the Dead Sea near its southern end, a dry river bed which floods in the rainy season. But there is no water now at which they can quench their thirst, the grass has withered, no new sproutings take place, all is dry and dead.


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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Isaiah 15:6". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/isaiah-15.html. 2013.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

6. Nimrim — For “Nimrim” see Numbers 31:35-36, and Joshua 12:27, whose indications are that this was a well-watered valley. Tristram, with some hesitation, locates it at the southeast end of the Dead Sea. The text shows that the waters here give out, and every green thing is parched — a figure of devastating war.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Isaiah 15:6". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/isaiah-15.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Nemrim. Or Nemra, (Numbers xxxii. 3.) to the north of Segor. (Calmet) --- The country around hence became barren. (St. Jerome)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Isaiah 15:6". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/isaiah-15.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Nimrim.Probably Wady Nimrim, near south end of Dead Sea.

desolate = desolations.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Isaiah 15:6". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/isaiah-15.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.

For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate ... there is no green thing - the cause of their flight southwards (2 Kings 3:18-19; 2 Kings 3:25). For the northern regions, and even the city Nimrim (the very name of which means limped waters), in Gilead, near Jordan, are without water or herbage.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Isaiah 15:6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/isaiah-15.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(6) The waters of Nimrim . . .—These also appear in Jeremiah 48:34. They were probably a reservoir from which the fields were irrigated so as to be conspicuous for their verdure Eusebius (Onomast.) places it north of Zoar. The name appears to survive in the Wady en Nemeirah on the south-eastern shore of the Dead Sea (De Saulcy, Voyage, i. 284; Tristram, Land of Israel, 340). Beth-Nimrah appears as the name of a town in Numbers 32:36). The desolation predicted was probably thought of as caused by the stoppage of the wells, one of the common acts of an invading army (2 Kings 3:25).


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Isaiah 15:6". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/isaiah-15.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.
Nimrim
Numbers 32:3,36
Nimrah
Beth-nimrah
Joshua 13:27
Beth-nimrah
desolate
Heb. desolations. the grass.
16:9,10; Joel 1:10-12; Habakkuk 3:17,18; Revelation 8:7

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Isaiah 15:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/isaiah-15.html.

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