Isaiah 20:5

5 Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and put to shame.

Isaiah 20:5 in Other Translations

5 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.
5 Then they shall be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and of Egypt their boast.
5 Then the Philistines will be thrown into panic, for they counted on the power of Ethiopia and boasted of their allies in Egypt!
5 Everyone who has put hope in Ethiopia and expected help from Egypt will be thrown into confusion.
5 Those who made Cush their hope and Egypt their boast will be dismayed and ashamed.

Isaiah 20:5 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 20:5

And they shall be afraid and ashamed
That is, those that trusted and depended upon the Egyptians and Ethiopians, particularly the Jews after mentioned, shall be "afraid" that it will be their turn next, that they also shall be taken and carried captive; and they shall be "ashamed" that they have put their trust and confidence in those nations, and not in the Lord: of Ethiopia their expectation;
from whom they expected assistance and protection, particularly when Tirhakah king of Ethiopia went out against the king of Assyria, that he would have been a match for him, and have overcome him, and so have freed them from such a powerful enemy: and of Egypt their glory;
who was their ally, and a very potent one, and in whom they gloried; but now should be ashamed, when both those people on whom they relied were carried captive.

Isaiah 20:5 In-Context

3 Then the LORD said, “Just as my servant Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot for three years, as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush,
4 so the king of Assyria will lead away stripped and barefoot the Egyptian captives and Cushite exiles, young and old, with buttocks bared—to Egypt’s shame.
5 Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and put to shame.
6 In that day the people who live on this coast will say, ‘See what has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria! How then can we escape?’ ”

Cross References 4

  • 1. S Isaiah 8:12
  • 2. S ver 3
  • 3. S 2 Kings 18:21; S Isaiah 30:5
  • 4. Ezekiel 29:16
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