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Isaiah 37:22-24

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37:22 this is what the Lord says about him: 1 

“The virgin daughter Zion 2 

despises you – she makes fun of you;

daughter Jerusalem

shakes her head after you. 3 

37:23 Whom have you taunted and hurled insults at?

At whom have you shouted

and looked so arrogantly? 4 

At the Holy One of Israel! 5 

37:24 Through your messengers you taunted the sovereign master, 6 

‘With my many chariots I climbed up

the high mountains,

the slopes of Lebanon.

I cut down its tall cedars

and its best evergreens.

I invaded its most remote regions, 7 

its thickest woods.

1 tn Heb “this is the word which the Lord has spoken about him.”

2 sn Zion (Jerusalem) is pictured here as a young, vulnerable daughter whose purity is being threatened by the would-be Assyrian rapist. The personification hints at the reality which the young girls of the city would face if the Assyrians conquer it.

3 sn Shaking the head was a mocking gesture of derision.

4 tn Heb “and lifted your eyes on high?” Cf. NIV “lifted your eyes in pride”; NRSV “haughtily lifted your eyes.”

5 sn See the note on the phrase “the Holy One of Israel” in 1:4.

6 tn The Hebrew term translated “sovereign master” here is אֲדֹנָי (’adonay).

7 tn Heb “the height of its extremity”; ASV “its farthest height.”



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