Isaiah 14:32

32 What answer shall be given to the envoys of that nation? “The LORD has established Zion, and in her his afflicted people will find refuge.”

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Isaiah 14:32 in Other Translations

KJV
32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.
ESV
32 What will one answer the messengers of the nation? "The LORD has founded Zion, and in her the afflicted of his people find refuge."
NLT
32 What should we tell the Philistine messengers? Tell them, “The LORD has built Jerusalem ; its walls will give refuge to his oppressed people.”
MSG
32 What does one say to outsiders who ask questions? Tell them, "God has established Zion. Those in need and in trouble find refuge in her."
CSB
32 What answer will be given to the messengers from that nation? The Lord has founded Zion, and His afflicted people find refuge in her.

Isaiah 14:32 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 14:32

What shall [one] then answer the messengers of the nation?
&c.] Or nations, of any of the nations. Not the messengers sent to Hezekiah, ( Isaiah 39:1 ) but rather such as were sent to him, to congratulate him upon his victory over the Philistines; or any others that were sent, and came from other nations, that inquired about these matters, and the answer returned is, That the Lord hath founded Zion;
and not Hezekiah; he had given his people victory over their enemies, and protected, defended, and established them, and therefore ought to have all the glory: and the poor of his people shall trust in it;
or, "betake themselves to it"; as to a place of safety, being founded by the Lord, and under his protection. So the church of God, which often goes by the name of Zion in Scripture, is of his founding; he has laid Christ as the foundation of it, and such as are sensible of their spiritual poverty, misery, and danger, trust in him; not in Zion, but in the foundation God has laid in Zion, or built his church upon.

Isaiah 14:32 In-Context

30 The poorest of the poor will find pasture, and the needy will lie down in safety. But your root I will destroy by famine; it will slay your survivors.
31 Wail, you gate! Howl, you city! Melt away, all you Philistines! A cloud of smoke comes from the north, and there is not a straggler in its ranks.
32 What answer shall be given to the envoys of that nation? “The LORD has established Zion, and in her his afflicted people will find refuge.”

Cross References 3

  • 1. Isaiah 37:9
  • 2. S Psalms 51:18; Psalms 87:2,5; Isaiah 2:2; Isaiah 26:1; Isaiah 28:16; Isaiah 31:5; Isaiah 33:5,20; Isaiah 44:28; Isaiah 51:21; Isaiah 54:11
  • 3. S Isaiah 4:6; James 2:5
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