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Isaiah 49:26


49:26 I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh;

they will get drunk on their own blood, as if it were wine. 1 

Then all humankind 2  will recognize that

I am the Lord, your deliverer,

your protector, 3  the powerful ruler of Jacob.” 4 

Isaiah 51:23


51:23 I will put it into the hand of your tormentors 5 

who said to you, ‘Lie down, so we can walk over you.’

You made your back like the ground,

and like the street for those who walked over you.”

1 sn Verse 26a depicts siege warfare and bloody defeat. The besieged enemy will be so starved they will their own flesh. The bloodstained bodies lying on the blood-soaked battle site will look as if they collapsed in drunkenness.

2 tn Heb “flesh” (so KJV, NASB).

3 tn Heb “your redeemer.” See the note at 41:14.

4 tn Heb “the powerful [one] of Jacob.” See 1:24.

5 tn That is, to make them drink it.

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