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Isaiah 10:17

Context

10:17 The light of Israel 1  will become a fire,

their Holy One 2  will become a flame;

it will burn and consume the Assyrian king’s 3  briers

and his thorns in one day.

Isaiah 27:4

Context

27:4 I am not angry.

I wish I could confront some thorns and briers!

Then I would march against them 4  for battle;

I would set them 5  all on fire,

1 tn In this context the “Light of Israel” is a divine title (note the parallel title “his holy one”). The title points to God’s royal splendor, which overshadows and, when transformed into fire, destroys the “majestic glory” of the king of Assyria (v. 16b).

2 sn See the note on the phrase “the Holy One of Israel” in 1:4.

3 tn Heb “his.” In vv. 17-19 the Assyrian king and his empire is compared to a great forest and orchard that are destroyed by fire (symbolic of the Lord).

4 tn Heb “it.” The feminine singular suffix apparently refers back to the expression “thorns and briers,” understood in a collective sense. For other examples of a cohortative expressing resolve after a hypothetical statement introduced by נָתַן with מִי (miwith natan), see Judg 9:29; Jer 9:1-2; Ps 55:6.

5 tn Heb “it.” The feminine singular suffix apparently refers back to the expression “thorns and briers,” understood in a collective sense.



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