A Sign Against Egypt and Cush
In the year that l the commander in chief, who was sent by Sargon the king of Assyria, came to m Ashdod and fought against it and captured it -
at that time the Lord spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, "Go, and loose the sackcloth from your waist and take off your sandals from your feet," and he did so, walking n naked and barefoot.
Then the Lord said, "As my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years o as a sign and a portent against Egypt and Cush,
so shall the p king of Assyria lead away the Egyptian captives and the Cushite exiles, both the young and the old, naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered, the nakedness of Egypt.
q Then they shall be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and of Egypt their boast.
And the inhabitants of r this coastland will say in that day, 'Behold, this is what has happened to those in whom we hoped and s to whom we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria! And we, how shall we escape?'"
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2 Kings 18:17
And the king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rab-saris, and the Rabshakeh with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. When they arrived, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is on the highway to the Washer's Field.
1 Samuel 5:1
When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.
For this I will lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked; I will make lamentation like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches.
Pass on your way, inhabitants of Shaphir, in nakedness and shame; the inhabitants of Zaanan do not come out; the lamentation of Beth-ezel shall take away from you its standing place.
1 Samuel 19:24
And he too stripped off his clothes, and he too prophesied before Samuel and lay naked all that day and all that night. Thus it is said, "Is Saul also among the prophets?
Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.
And I will give over the Egyptians into the hand of a hard master, and a fierce king will rule over them, declares the Lord God of hosts.
Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame, and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation.
Everyone comes to shame through a people that cannot profit them, that brings neither help nor profit, but shame and disgrace.
Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, "He has set out to fight against you." And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying.
How can it be quiet when the Lord has given it a charge? Against Ashkelon and against the seashore he has appointed it.
Rejoice not, O Philistia, all of you, that the rod that struck you is broken, for from the serpent's root will come forth an adder, and its fruit will be a flying fiery serpent.
Wail, O gate; cry out, O city; melt in fear, O Philistia, all of you! For smoke comes out of the north, and there is no straggler in his ranks.
Isaiah said to them, "Say to your master, 'Thus says the Lord : Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the young men of the king of Assyria have reviled me.