Isaiah 20: A
prophecy against Egypt and Cush
Comment: This short chapter is a warning
after Assyria invaded Philistia that they would do the same to
Egypt & Cush.]
(In 711BC Assyria attacks
the year that the supreme commander, sent by Sargon king of Assyria,
came to Ashdod and attacked and captured it –
(The Lord requires Isaiah
to go around stripped ) at
that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz. He said to
him, ‘Take off the sackcloth from your body and the sandals from
your feet.' And he did so, going around stripped and barefoot.
(It is to last 3 years
as a sign to Egypt & Cush) Then
the Lord said, ‘Just as my servant Isaiah has gone stripped and
barefoot for three years, as a sign and portent against Egypt
will invade Egypt and take their people) so
the king of Assyria will lead away stripped and barefoot the Egyptian
captives and Cushite exiles, young and old, with buttocks bared –
to Egypt's shame.
(All who had previously
boasted will feel shame) Those
who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and
put to shame.
(Others will see and
realise there is no escape against the Assyrians) In
that day the people who live on this coast will say, “See what
has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help
and deliverance from the king of Assyria! How then can we escape?”'
TO CHAPTER 21