Isaiah 20

A Sign Against Egypt and Cush

1 In the year that a Tartan 1 1 came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him, and he fought against Ashdod and took it, 2 at the same time the LORD spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, "Go, and remove b the sackcloth from your 3 body, and take your sandals off your feet." And he did so, c walking naked and barefoot.

3 Then the LORD said, "Just as My servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years d for a sign and a wonder against Egypt and Ethiopia, 4 "so shall the e king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians as prisoners and the Ethiopians as captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, f with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt. 5 g "Then they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation and Egypt their glory. 6 "And the inhabitant of this territory will say in that day, 'Surely such is our expectation, wherever we flee for h help to be delivered from the king of Assyria; and how shall we escape?' "

  1. Cross References
    2 Kings 18:17
    Then the king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rabsaris, and the Rabshakeh from Lachish, with a great army against Jerusalem, to King Hezekiah. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. When they had come up, they went and stood by the aqueduct from the upper pool, which was on the highway to the Fuller's Field.
  2. Cross References
    Zechariah 13:4
    And it shall be in that day that every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; they will not wear a robe of coarse hair to deceive.
    Matthew 3:4
    Now John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
  3. Cross References
    1 Samuel 19:24
    And he also stripped off his clothes and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, " Is Saul also among the prophets?
    Micah 1:8
    Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the jackals And a mourning like the ostriches.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 8:18
    Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel From the LORD of hosts, Who dwells in Mount Zion.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 19:4
    And the Egyptians I will give Into the hand of a cruel master, And a fierce king will rule over them," Says the Lord, the LORD of hosts.
  6. Cross References
    2 Samuel 10:4
    Therefore Hanun took David's servants, shaved off half of their beards, cut off their garments in the middle, at their buttocks, and sent them away.
    Isaiah 3:17
    Therefore the Lord will strike with a scab The crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, And the LORD will uncover their secret parts.
    Jeremiah 13:22
    And if you say in your heart, "Why have these things come upon me?" For the greatness of your iniquity Your skirts have been uncovered, Your heels made bare.
    Micah 1:11
    Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir; The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out. Beth Ezel mourns; Its place to stand is taken away from you.
  7. Cross References
    2 Kings 18:21
    Now look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.
    Isaiah 30:3 - 5
    Therefore the strength of Pharaoh Shall be your shame, And trust in the shadow of Egypt Shall be your humiliation.
    Isaiah 31:1
    Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the LORD!
    Ezekiel 29:6
    Then all the inhabitants of Egypt Shall know that I am the LORD, Because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.
    Ezekiel 29:7
    When they took hold of you with the hand, You broke and tore all their shoulders; When they leaned on you, You broke and made all their backs quiver.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 30:5
    They were all ashamed of a people who could not benefit them, Or be help or benefit, But a shame and also a reproach.
    Isaiah 30:7
    For the Egyptians shall help in vain and to no purpose. Therefore I have called her RahabHemShe'beth.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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