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Yahweh continues speaking to the people of Jerusalem.

Why do you weigh out … bread, and why do you labor … satisfy?

Yahweh asks these questions to rebuke the people. He speaks of the people seeking happiness apart from Yahweh as if they were purchasing things to eat that were not food and working for things that could not satisfy them. AT: “You should not weigh out silver … bread, and you should not labor … satisfy” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-rquestion and rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metaphor)

weigh out silver

This refers to counting silver coins in order to pay someone for something. AT: “pay money” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-explicit)

for what is not bread

Here the word “bread” represents food in general. It is implied that the people were buying things to eat that were not really food. AT: “for things to eat that are not really food” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-synecdoche and rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-explicit)

eat what is good, and delight yourselves in fatness

The people trusting Yahweh for blessing and happiness is spoken of as if they are eating good food that is making them happy. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metaphor)

in fatness

The word “fatness” refers to meat that has plenty of fat on it and is an idiom for fine food. AT: “with the best foods” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-idiom)


  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/silver
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/bread
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/labor