Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Isaiah 24:17

Context
NETBible

Terror, pit, and snare are ready to overtake you inhabitants of the earth! 1 

XREF

Le 26:21,22; 1Ki 19:17; Jer 8:3; Jer 48:43,44; Eze 14:21

NET © Notes

tn Heb “[are] upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.” The first line of v. 17 provides another classic example of Hebrew wordplay. The names of the three instruments of judgment (פָח,פַחַת,פַּחַד [pakhad, fakhat, fakh]) all begin with the letters פח (peh-khet) and the first two end in dental consonants (ת/ד, tet/dalet). Once again the repetition of sound draws attention to the statement and contributes to the theme of the inescapability of judgment. As their similar-sounding names suggest, terror, pit, and snare are allies in destroying the objects of divine wrath.



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