26:16 I for my part25 will do this to you: I will inflict horror on you, consumption and fever, which diminish eyesight and drain away the vitality of life.26 You will sow your seed in vain because27 your enemies will eat it.28
tn Heb “soul.” These expressions may refer either to the physical effects of consumption and fever as the rendering in the text suggests (e.g., J. E. Hartley, Leviticus [WBC], 452, 454, “diminishing eyesight and loss of appetite”), or perhaps the more psychological effects, “which exhausts the eyes” because of anxious hope “and causes depression” (Heb “causes soul [נֶפֶשׁ, nefesh] to pine away”), e.g., B. A. Levine, Leviticus (JPSTC), 185.
tn Heb “and.” The Hebrew conjunction ו (vav, “and”) can be considered to have causal force here.
tn That is, “your enemies will eat” the produce that grows from the sown seed.