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Isaiah: Chapter 18

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1Ah, a‐ Or “Most sheltered land”; cf., e.g., 30.2, 3; Ps. 36.8; 57.2; 61.5 . land in the deep shadow of wings, ‐a Or “Most sheltered land”; cf., e.g., 30.2, 3; Ps. 36.8; 57.2; 61.5 . Beyond the rivers of Nubia!

2Go, swift messengers, To a nation b‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. far and remote, To a people thrust forth and away ‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. A nation of gibber and chatter c Meaning of Heb. uncertain; cf. 28.10 . Biblical writers often characterize distant nations by their unintelligible speech; cf. 33.19; Deut. 28.49; Jer. 5.15 . Whose land is cut off by streams; d‐ Brought down from beginning of verse for clarity. The Hebrew verb for “sends” agrees in gender with “nation,” not with “land.” Which sends out envoys by sea, In papyrus vessels upon the water! ‐d Brought down from beginning of verse for clarity. The Hebrew verb for “sends” agrees in gender with “nation,” not with “land.”

3[Say this:] “All you who live in the world And inhabit the earth, When a flag is raised in the hills, take note! When a ram's horn is blown, give heed!” 4For thus the LORD said to me: “I rest calm and confident e Cf. hibbit “to rely” (Job 6.19 ). The related noun mabba† occurs with similar meaning in Isa. 20.5, 6 . in My habitation— Like a scorching heat upon sprouts, f‐ I.e., like a threat of disaster; cf. Eccl. 11.4 . Like a rain‐cloud in the heat of reaping time.” ‐f I.e., like a threat of disaster; cf. Eccl. 11.4 . 5For before the harvest, a Emendation yields “vintage.” yet after the budding, When the blossom has hardened into berries, He will trim away the twigs with pruning hooks, And lop off the trailing branches. b A figure of speech for the defeated enemy.. 6They shall all be left To the kites of the hills And to the beasts of the earth; The kites shall summer on them And all the beasts of the earth shall winter on them.

7In that time, Tribute shall be brought to the LORD of Hosts [From] a people far and remote, From a people thrust forth and away— A nation of gibber and chatter, Whose land is cut off by streams— At the place where the name of the LORD of Hosts abides, At Mount Zion.

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a‐a Or “Most sheltered land”; cf., e.g., 30.2, 3; Ps. 36.8; 57.2; 61.5 .

b‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

c Meaning of Heb. uncertain; cf. 28.10 . Biblical writers often characterize distant nations by their unintelligible speech; cf. 33.19; Deut. 28.49; Jer. 5.15 .

d‐d Brought down from beginning of verse for clarity. The Hebrew verb for “sends” agrees in gender with “nation,” not with “land.”

e Cf. hibbit “to rely” (Job 6.19 ). The related noun mabba† occurs with similar meaning in Isa. 20.5, 6 .

f‐f I.e., like a threat of disaster; cf. Eccl. 11.4 .

a Emendation yields “vintage.”

b A figure of speech for the defeated enemy..

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