Isaiah 2:22

22 Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?

Isaiah 2:22 in Other Translations

22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?
22 Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?
22 Don’t put your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. What good are they?
22 Quit scraping and fawning over mere humans, so full of themselves, so full of hot air! Can't you see there's nothing to them?
22 Put no more trust in man, who has only the breath in his nostrils. What is he really worth?

Isaiah 2:22 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 2:22

Cease ye from man, whose breath [is] in his nostrils
"From that man" F25, meaning antichrist, the man of sin; who is but a mere man, a poor, frail, mortal man; though he sits in the temple of God, as if he was God, showing himself to be God, by taking that to himself which belongs to the Deity. This is advice to the followers of antichrist, to cease from going after him, and worshipping him, seeing he is not the living God, but a dying man: for wherein is he to be accounted of?
The Targum is,

``for he is alive today, and tomorrow he is not, and he is to be accounted as nothing;''
and much less as Peter's successor, as head of the church, and vicar of Christ, and as having all power in heaven, earth, and hell. It may be applied to men in general, in whom no confidence is to be placed, even the greatest of men, ( Psalms 118:8 Psalms 118:9 ) and particularly the Egyptians, in whom the Jews were apt to trust, who were men, and not God; and whose horses were flesh, and not spirit, ( Isaiah 31:3 ) so Vitringa; but the first sense is best.

F25 (Mdah Nm) .

Isaiah 2:22 In-Context

20 In that day people will throw away to the moles and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship.
21 They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags from the fearful presence of the LORDand the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.
22 Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 118:6,8; Psalms 146:3; Isaiah 51:12; Jeremiah 17:5
  • 2. S Genesis 2:7; S Psalms 144:4
  • 3. S Job 12:19; Psalms 8:4; Psalms 18:42; Psalms 144:3; Isaiah 17:13; Isaiah 29:5; Isaiah 40:15; S James 4:14
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