Isaiah 8:22

22 and they shall look unto the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and into thick darkness [they shall be] driven away.

Isaiah 8:22 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 8:22

And they shall look unto the earth
As persons in distress, upwards and downwards, backwards and forwards, on the right hand and on the left, particularly into the land of Judea; a land that used to flow with milk and honey, a land of light, plenty, and prosperity: and behold trouble and darkness;
adversity, and miseries of all kinds, expressed by a variety of words; and even words fail to express the tribulation of these times, which were such as were not from the beginning of the world, ( Matthew 24:22 ) : dimness of anguish;
or "fleeing from affliction" F5, multitudes everywhere fleeing from one place to another, to avoid the calamities coming upon them, ( Matthew 24:16-20 ) : and [they shall be] driven to darkness;
when they endeavour to escape one calamity, they shall be driven and fall into another; the whole land shall be full of nothing else.


FOOTNOTES:

F5 (Pwem) a (Pwe) "volare", Forerius.

Isaiah 8:22 In-Context

20 To the law and to the testimony! if they speak not according to this word, surely there is no morning for them.
21 And they shall pass through it, sore distressed and hungry; and it shall come to pass that, when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse by their king and by their God, and turn their faces upward:
22 and they shall look unto the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and into thick darkness [they shall be] driven away.