31:5 Just as birds hover over a nest, 1
so the Lord who commands armies will protect Jerusalem. 2
He will protect and deliver it;
as he passes over 3 he will rescue it.
1 tn Heb “just as birds fly.” The words “over a nest” are supplied in the translation for clarification.
2 map For location see Map5-B1; Map6-F3; Map7-E2; Map8-F2; Map10-B3; JP1-F4; JP2-F4; JP3-F4; JP4-F4.
3 tn The only other occurrence of this verb is in Exod 12:13, 23, 27, where the Lord “passes over” (i.e., “spares”) the Israelite households as he comes to judge their Egyptian oppressors. The noun פֶּסַח (pesakh, “Passover”) is derived from the verb. The use of the verb in Isa 31:5 is probably an intentional echo of the Exodus event. As in the days of Moses the Lord will spare his people as he comes to judge their enemies.