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Isaiah 20:6

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?’ ”

Read Isaiah 20:6 Using Other Translations

And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?
And the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, 'Behold, this is what has happened to those in whom we hoped and to whom we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria! And we, how shall we escape?'"
They will say, ‘If this can happen to Egypt, what chance do we have? We were counting on Egypt to protect us from the king of Assyria.’”

What does Isaiah 20:6 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 20:6

And the inhabitants of this isle shall say, in that day,
&c.] Not of Ashdod, ( Isaiah 20:1 ) or the isle of Caphtor, ( Jeremiah 47:4 ) but the land of Israel, as both Jarchi and Kimchi interpret it; so called, because it bordered on the sea, as such countries are sometimes called isles; see ( Jeremiah 25:22 ) ( Ezekiel 27:3 Ezekiel 27:15 ) . Ben Melech interprets it of Jerusalem, and observes that the word signifies a place or country, whether it has a river or sea encompassing it, or not; besides, the land of Canaan had the Mediterranean sea on one side of it, and the sea of Galilee and Tiberias on the other, and was moreover separated from all other countries by the power, providence, and presence of God: behold, such [is] our expectation, whither we flee for help, to be
delivered from the king of Assyria;
signifying that it was vain and foolish, and they had acted a very weak, as well as a wicked part, in having recourse to the Egyptians and Ethiopians to help them against the Assyrians, as it plainly appeared by both nations now being conquered by them: and how shall we escape?
seeing they had not, who were more powerful than they were; and how could they think that they could save them, who could not save themselves? and so the Targum,

``if they have not delivered their souls (themselves), how shall we be delivered?''
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