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Isaiah 65:25


A wolf and a lamb will graze together; 1  a lion, like an ox, will eat straw, 2  and a snake’s food will be dirt. 3  They will no longer injure or destroy on my entire royal mountain,” 4  says the Lord.


Ge 3:14,15; Isa 2:4; Isa 11:6-9; Isa 11:9; Isa 35:9; Isa 65:11; Eze 43:11; Mic 4:3; Zec 8:3; Zec 14:20,21; Ac 9:1,19-21; Ro 16:20; 1Co 6:9-11; Tit 3:3-7; Re 12:7-9; Re 14:1; Re 20:2,3

NET © Notes

sn A similar statement appears in 11:6.

sn These words also appear in 11:7.

sn Some see an allusion to Gen 3:14 (note “you will eat dirt”). The point would be that even in this new era the snake (often taken as a symbol of Satan) remains under God’s curse. However, it is unlikely that such an allusion exists. Even if there is an echo of Gen 3:14, the primary allusion is to 11:8, where snakes are pictured as no longer dangerous. They will no longer attack other living creatures, but will be content to crawl along the ground. (The statement “you will eat dirt” in Gen 3:14 means “you will crawl on the ground.” In the same way the statement “dirt will be its food” in Isa 65:25 means “it will crawl on the ground.”)

tn Heb “in all my holy mountain.” These same words appear in 11:9. See the note there.

sn As in 11:1-9 the prophet anticipates a time when the categories predator-prey no longer exist. See the note at the end of 11:8.

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