Isaiah 9:9

9 and all the people will know, 1Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, who say in pride and in arrogance of heart:

Isaiah 9:9 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 9:9

And all the people shall know
The word of the Lord, and that it is his; and by sad experience shall feel the weight of it; or, "the people shall know the whole of it" F25; shall find that the whole of it will be accomplished, every punctilio in it; whatever is said is done, everything predicted by it, the substance of it, and every circumstance relating to it: or they shall be punished, they shall bear, know, and feel the punishment of their sins; in which sense the word "know", in the Arabic language, is frequently used, of which Schultens F26 has given many instances: [even] Ephraim, and the inhabitants of Samaria:
the ten tribes are meant by Ephraim; and the inhabitants of Samaria are particularly mentioned, because Samaria was the metropolis of Ephraim, ( Isaiah 7:9 ) and because it was to suffer, and did suffer much in the threatened calamity, being besieged three years, then taken, and its inhabitants carried captive; and so experimentally knew the word of the Lord, and the truth of it, ( 2 Kings 17:5 2 Kings 17:6 ) : that say in the pride and stoutness of heart;
being proud and haughty, stout hearted, and far from righteousness, and the fear of God; hardening themselves against him, despising his word, and defying, as it were, his power and providence; saying, as follows:


F25 (wlk) "totum ejus".
F26 Animadv. Philol. in Job, p. 77, 78.

Isaiah 9:9 In-Context

7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
8 The Lord has sent a word against Jacob, and it will fall on Israel;
9 and all the people will know, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, who say in pride and in arrogance of heart:
10 "The bricks have fallen, but we will build with dressed stones; the sycamores have been cut down, but we will put cedars in their place."
11 But the LORD raises the adversaries of Rezin against him, and stirs up his enemies.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Isaiah 7:2, 5, 8, 9, 17
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