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Isaiah 30:20-21


30:20 The sovereign master 1  will give you distress to eat

and suffering to drink; 2 

but your teachers will no longer be hidden;

your eyes will see them. 3 

30:21 You 4  will hear a word spoken behind you, saying,

“This is the correct 5  way, walk in it,”

whether you are heading to the right or the left.

1 tn The Hebrew term translated “sovereign master” here is אֲדֹנָי (’adonai).

2 tn Heb “and the Master will give to you bread – distress, and water – oppression.”

3 tn Heb “but your teachers will no longer be hidden, your eyes will be seeing your teachers.” The translation assumes that the form מוֹרֶיךָ (morekha) is a plural participle, referring to spiritual leaders such as prophets and priests. Another possibility is that the form is actually singular (see GKC 273-74 § or a plural of respect, referring to God as the master teacher. See HALOT 560-61 s.v. III מוֹרֶה. For discussion of the views, see J. N. Oswalt, Isaiah (NICOT), 1:560.

4 tn Heb “your ears” (so NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV).

5 tn The word “correct’ is supplied in the translation for clarification.

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