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Isaiah 22:6-8

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22:6 The Elamites picked up the quiver,

and came with chariots and horsemen; 1 

the men of Kir 2  prepared 3  the shield. 4 

22:7 Your very best valleys were full of chariots; 5 

horsemen confidently took their positions 6  at the gate.

22:8 They 7  removed the defenses 8  of Judah.

At that time 9  you looked

for the weapons in the House of the Forest. 10 

1 tn Heb “[with] the chariots of men, horsemen.”

2 sn A distant region in the direction of Mesopotamia; see Amos 1:5; 9:7.

3 tn Heb “Kir uncovers” (so NAB, NIV).

4 sn The Elamites and men of Kir may here symbolize a fierce army from a distant land. If this oracle anticipates a Babylonian conquest of the city (see 39:5-7), then the Elamites and men of Kir are perhaps viewed here as mercenaries in the Babylonian army. See J. N. Oswalt, Isaiah (NICOT), 1:410.

5 tn The verb that introduces this verse serves as a discourse particle and is untranslated; see note on “in the future” in 2:2.

6 tn Heb “taking a stand, take their stand.” The infinitive absolute emphasizes the following finite verb. The translation attempts to bring out this emphasis with the adverb “confidently.”

7 tn Heb “he,” i.e., the enemy invader. NASB, by its capitalization of the pronoun, takes this to refer to the Lord.

8 tn Heb “covering.”

9 tn Heb “in that day” (so KJV), likewise at the beginning of v. 12.

10 sn Perhaps this refers to a royal armory, or to Solomon’s “House of the Forest of Lebanon,” where weapons may have been kept (see 1 Kgs 10:16-17).



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