Isaiah 8:22

“And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they shall looke vnto the earth: and behold trouble and darkenesse, dimnesse of anguish; and they shall be driuen to darkenesse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then they will look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and {they will be} driven away into darkness.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and they shall look unto the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and into thick darkness `they shall be' driven away.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he will be looking down on the earth, and there will be trouble and dark clouds, black night where there is no seeing.
- Basic English Bible

and they will look to the earth; and behold, trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they shall be driven into thick darkness.
- Darby Bible

And they shall look to the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.
- Webster's Bible

and look to the earth, and see distress, darkness, and the gloom of anguish. They will be driven into thick darkness.
- World English Bible

And unto the land it looketh attentively, And lo, adversity and darkness! -- Dimness, distress, and thick darkness is driven away, But not the dimness for which she is in distress!
- Youngs Literal Bible

or look unto the earth, behold distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish, and outspread thick darkness.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 8:22


8:22 Earth - Finding no help from heaven, they turn their eyes downward, looking hither and thither for comfort.


Discussion for Isaiah 8

  • BSP
    Verse 13 shows that it is Jehovah God that we should fear. We may have a measure of fear of men, but God is all powerful and we should have more fear of Him and displeasing Him than any man.
  • Astone Kandro
    Trust in God is vital for any true success to be released in our lives.
  • Enwerem Gabriel
    This chapter 8v17 to 20 is to let the whole world and especially Christians know that God is in control of all situations and anyone who seeks, believes and calls on Him shall be a winner all the time. "Shall people not seek their God?" I pray for our brethren in Arab nations, may our God strengthen them in this time of tribulation in Jesus name Amen.
  • Harycollins
    Verses 9 10 of this chapter has clearly made us the children of to know that no matter how many or powerful our enemies can be, as long as GOD is with us they can do but nothing.These are verses that should boost our moral.
  • Femi Ogunbekun for verse 10
    We need God 's approval expressly for any action to be activated
  • When I had a dialog with an Islamic mullah for a long time, he was trying to prove that their book was the final word from God, my argument was your book is from your god, but our God Jehovah has nothing to do with your book. Later when I was going through the Bible, Holy Spirit pointed the word in Isaiah 8 16 to me, and when I had discussions later I pointed out to the Islamic mullah the Isaiah 8 16 I clearly told him the last disciple of John fulfilled the prophesy in Isaiah 8 16 at the book of Revelation 22 18 19 and clearly convince him that no more written prophecy from God after Revelation 22 18 19 so there for I persuaded to him that their book is not from God, it is only from an another god.

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