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1 In the yeere that Tartan came vnto Ashdod (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him) and fought against Ashdod and tooke it:

2 At the same time spake the Lord by Isaiah the sonne of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loynes, and put off thy shooe from thy foot: and he did so, walking naked and bare foot.

3 And the Lord said, Like as my seruant Isaiah hath walked naked and bare foote three yeeres for a signe and wonder vpon Egypt and vpon Ethiopia:

4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captiues, yong and old, naked and bare foote, euen with their buttocks vncouered, to the shame of Egypt.

5 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.

6 And the inhabitant of this yle shall say in that day; Behold, such is our expectation whither we flee for helpe to be deliuered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?

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Commentary for Isaiah 20

The invasion and conquest of Egypt and Ethiopia.

- Isaiah was a sign to the people by his unusual dress, when he walked abroad. He commonly wore sackcloth as a prophet, to show himself mortified to the world. He was to loose this from his loins; to wear no upper garments, and to go barefooted. This sign was to signify, that the Egyptians and Ethiopians should be led away captives by the king of Assyria, thus stripped. The world will often deem believers foolish, when singular in obedience to God. But the Lord will support his servants under the most trying effects of their obedience; and what they are called upon to suffer for his sake, commonly is light, compared with what numbers groan under from year to year from sin. Those who make any creature their expectation and glory, and so put it in the place of God, will, sooner or later, be ashamed of it. But disappointment in creature-confidences, instead of driving us to despair, should drive us to God, and our expectation shall not be in vain. The same lesson is in force now; and where shall we look for aid in the hour of necessity, but to the Lord our Righteousness?

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 20

  • Irene123
    Hos. 4:6 - "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (knowledge of the Lord's word)
  • John Langeveldt
    i had a dream of this scripture and I have always keep it in heart, I told a Pastor of it but
    he could not explain it to me. now this same scripture has come up again in a different way,
    I know the Lord will make a way for me. Thank you Jesus.
  • Edna Radebe
    i had a dream about this scripture last time they said i must read it,i actually need an explaination of what it means
  • Chidinma Eziyi
    We have to realize that prophecy reveals what happened to a particular people in a generation and who disobeyed and what will happen to a generation of people who will do the same thing in respective of where they are. The bible stories was written to guide our lives and reveal to us consequences and many curses that followed many nations and generations countries and present predicament in such areas and what may happen to many nations who may repeat the same mistakes in other words keeping track with us on the benefits of obedience and consequences of sin. May the good Lord help us in Jesus name Amen.
  • BR. J
  • Rev. Buddy Larrier for verse 4
    My question is, did this event really happened or was the writers of the King Version trying to justify what occured during the 14th century to African people and the transatlantic slave trade. Because if the Isaiah 20:4 did happened it ment that God put African people through the same experience the second time.

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