Isaiah 10:8

8 ‘Are not my commanders all kings?’ he says.

Isaiah 10:8 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
8 For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings?
English Standard Version (ESV)
8 for he says: "Are not my commanders all kings?
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 He will say, ‘Each of my princes will soon be a king.
The Message Bible (MSG)
8 Assyria says, 'Aren't my commanders all kings? Can't they do whatever they like?
American Standard Version (ASV)
8 For he saith, Are not my princes all of them kings?
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
8 They ask, 'Aren't all our commanders kings?
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
8 For he says: Aren't all my commanders kings?
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
8 'Aren't all of my commanders kings?' he says.

Isaiah 10:8 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 10:8

For he saith, [are] not my princes altogether kings?
] Meaning either the kings which he had conquered, which were become his princes and subjects; or rather, such were the greatness and glory of his nobles, that they were equal in their riches and dominions to kings, and so were able to furnish him with men and money for such an expedition he had in his heart to undertake, even to conquer and subdue all the nations of the earth: and this he said either to his people, boasting of his grandeur; or in his heart, as Kimchi observes, to encourage himself; or rather more openly before others, in order to discourage and inject terror into the nations he meant to destroy, and particularly the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Isaiah 10:8 In-Context

6 I send him against a godless nation, I dispatch him against a people who anger me, to seize loot and snatch plunder, and to trample them down like mud in the streets.
7 But this is not what he intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations.
8 ‘Are not my commanders all kings?’ he says.
9 ‘Has not Kalno fared like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad, and Samaria like Damascus?
10 As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols, kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria—

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