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Frameworks: Isaiah 20: A prophecy against Egypt and Cush


[Introductory Comment: This short chapter is a warning after Assyria invaded Philistia that they would do the same to Egypt & Cush.]



v.1 (In 711BC Assyria attacks Philistia) In the year that the supreme commander, sent by Sargon king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and attacked and captured it –

v.2 (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.

v.3 (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 and Cush,

v.4 (Assyria 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.

v.5 (All who had previously boasted will feel shame) Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and put to shame.

v.6 (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?”'



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