Isaiah 19:18

Overview - Isaiah 19
The confusion of Egypt.
11 The foolishness of their princes.
18 The calling of Egypt into the church.
23 The covenant of Egypt, Assyria, and Israel.
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Isaiah 19:18  (King James Version)
In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction.

that day
Isaiah 19:19 Isaiah 19:21 ; 2:11 Zechariah 2:11

shall five
11:11 27:13 Psalms 68:31

Zephaniah 3:9

Hebrew lip.
Genesis 11:1

and swear
Isaiah 45:23 Isaiah 45:24 Deuteronomy 10:20 ; Nehemiah 10:29 ; Jeremiah 12:16

Hebrew Heres, or, the sun.
Instead of {heres,} "destruction," which is also the reading of Aquila, Theodotion, and the Syriac, fifteen MSS. and seven editions have {cheres,} "the sun;" agreeable to Symmachus, the Arabic, and Vulagte; while the Chaldee takes in both readings; and the LXX. reads [polis asedek,] "the city of righteousness," a name apparently contrived by the party of Onias, to give credit to his temple. As, however, {heres} in Arabic signifies a lion, Conrad Ikenius is of opinion that the place here mentioned is not Heliopolis, as is commonly supposed, but Leontopolis in the Heliopolitan nome, as it is termed in the letter of Onias to Ptolemy. The whole passage, from this verse to the end, contains a general intimation of the propagation of the knowledge of the true God in Egypt and Syria, under the successors of Alexander, and the early reception of the gospel in the same countries.