Isaiah 14:14

14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”

Isaiah 14:14 in Other Translations

KJV
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
ESV
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.'
NLT
14 I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’
MSG
14 I'll climb to the top of the clouds. I'll take over as King of the Universe!"
CSB
14 I will ascend above the highest clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."

Isaiah 14:14 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 14:14

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds
Which are the chariots of God, and in which he rides, and so this proud monarch affected to be as he; perhaps some reference is had to the cloud in which Jehovah dwelt in the temple. The Targum is,

``I will ascend above all people,''
compared to clouds for their multitude. In the mystical sense, the true ministers of the word may be meant, so called for their height, motion, swiftness, and fulness of Gospel doctrine, compared to rain; see ( Isaiah 5:6 ) ( Revelation 11:6 Revelation 11:7 ) . I will be like the most High;
so Satan affected to be, and this was the bait he laid for our first parents, and with which they were taken; and nothing less than deity could satisfy some ambitious princes, as Caligula, and others; and this was what the Babylonish monarch aspired to, and ordered to be ascribed to him, and be regarded as such, either while living, or at least after death, which was what had been done to many Heathen princes. So antichrist is represented as showing himself to be God, ( 2 Thessalonians 2:4 ) by calling and suffering himself to be called God; by assuming all power in heaven and in earth; taking upon him to depose kings and dispose of kingdoms at pleasure; dispensing with the laws of God, and making new ones; absolving men from their oaths, pardoning their sins, setting up himself as infallible, as the sole interpreter of Scripture, and judge of controversies. The Targum is,
``I will he higher than them all;''
than the kings of the earth, and all other bishops.

Isaiah 14:14 In-Context

12 How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”
15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.
16 Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: “Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble,

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Job 20:6
  • 2. S Genesis 3:5; S Numbers 24:16; Isaiah 10:13; Isaiah 47:8; Jeremiah 50:29; Jeremiah 51:53; Daniel 11:36; 2 Thessalonians 2:4