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Isaiah 9:14-16

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9:14 So the Lord cut off Israel’s head and tail,

both the shoots and stalk 1  in one day.

9:15 The leaders and the highly respected people 2  are the head,

the prophets who teach lies are the tail.

9:16 The leaders of this nation were misleading people,

and the people being led were destroyed. 3 

1 sn The metaphor in this line is that of a reed being cut down.

2 tn Heb “the elder and the one lifted up with respect to the face.” For another example of the Hebrew idiom, see 2 Kgs 5:1.

3 tn Heb “and the ones being led were swallowed up.” Instead of taking מְבֻלָּעִים (mÿbullaim) from בָּלַע (bala’, “to swallow”), HALOT 134 s.v. בלע proposes a rare homonymic root בלע (“confuse”) here.



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