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Isaiah 14:29

Context
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Don’t be so happy, all you Philistines, just because the club that beat you has been broken! 1  For a viper will grow out of the serpent’s root, and its fruit will be a darting adder. 2 

XREF

Jos 13:3; 1Sa 6:17,18; 2Ki 18:8; 2Ch 26:6; 2Ch 28:18; Pr 24:17; Isa 11:8; Isa 30:6; Eze 26:2; Eze 35:15; Ho 9:1; Ob 1:12; Mic 7:8; Zep 3:11

NET © Notes

sn The identity of this “club” (also referred to as a “serpent” in the next line) is uncertain. It may refer to an Assyrian king, or to Ahaz. For discussion see J. N. Oswalt, Isaiah (NICOT), 1:331-32. The viper/adder referred to in the second half of the verse is his successor.

tn Heb “flying burning one.” The designation “burning one” may allude to the serpent’s appearance or the effect of its poisonous bite. (See the note at 6:2.) The qualifier “flying” probably refers to the serpent’s quick, darting movements, though one might propose a homonym here, meaning “biting.” (See J. N. Oswalt, Isaiah [NICOT], 1:332, n. 18.) Some might think in terms of a mythological flying, fire breathing dragon (cf. NAB “a flying saraph”; CEV “a flying fiery dragon”), but this proposal does not make good sense in 30:6, where the phrase “flying burning one” appears again in a list of desert animals.



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