Isaiah 16:6

6 We have heard of Moab’s pride— how great is her arrogance!— of her conceit, her pride and her insolence; but her boasts are empty.

Isaiah 16:6 in Other Translations

6 We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.
6 We have heard of the pride of Moab-- how proud he is!-- of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence; in his idle boasting he is not right.
6 We have heard about proud Moab— about its pride and arrogance and rage. But all that boasting has disappeared.
6 We've heard - everyone's heard! - of Moab's pride, world-famous for pride - Arrogant, self-important, insufferable, full of hot air.
6 We have heard of Moab's pride- how very proud he is- his haughtiness, his pride, his arrogance, and his empty boasting.

Isaiah 16:6 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 16:6

We have heard of the pride of Moab
These are the words of the prophet, either in the name of the Lord, or in the person of the Jews, or of other nations, who had heard very frequently, and from many persons, and from every quarter, of the excessive pride of this people, and had many instances of it related to them, which foretold their ruin; for pride comes before a fall: ([he] is very proud):
though his original was so base and infamous; and therefore there is little reason to hope or expect that he would take the advice above given him, or do the good offices for the Jews he was exhorted to; his pride was such, that he would despise the counsel of God, and would never stoop to do any favour for his people: [even] of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath;
of his contempt of the people of God, and his wrath against them: [but] his lies [shall] not be so;
or, "his strength" shall "not be so" F2; as his wrath: he shall not be able to do what in his pride and wrath he said he would do; all his wicked thoughts and devices, all his haughty and wrathful expressions, will signify nothing; they will all be of no effect, for God resisteth the proud, see ( Jeremiah 48:30 ) . It may be rendered, "not right", that of "his diviners" F3; their words and works, what they say or do; so the word is used in ( Isaiah 44:25 ) .


F2 (wydb Nk al) "non sicut, fortitudo ejus"; so some in Vatablus.
F3 (wydb Nk-al) "non rectum divinorum ejus", Vitringa.

Isaiah 16:6 In-Context

4 Let the Moabite fugitives stay with you; be their shelter from the destroyer.” The oppressor will come to an end, and destruction will cease; the aggressor will vanish from the land.
5 In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it— one from the house of David— one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness.
6 We have heard of Moab’s pride— how great is her arrogance!— of her conceit, her pride and her insolence; but her boasts are empty.
7 Therefore the Moabites wail, they wail together for Moab. Lament and grieve for the raisin cakes of Kir Hareseth.
8 The fields of Heshbon wither, the vines of Sibmah also. The rulers of the nations have trampled down the choicest vines, which once reached Jazer and spread toward the desert. Their shoots spread out and went as far as the sea.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Jeremiah 25:21; Ezekiel 25:8; Amos 2:1; Zephaniah 2:8
  • 2. S Leviticus 26:19; S Job 20:6; Jeremiah 49:16; Obadiah 1:3; Zephaniah 2:10
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