Isaiah 22:2

2 you town so full of commotion, you city of tumult and revelry? Your slain were not killed by the sword, nor did they die in battle.

Read Isaiah 22:2 Using Other Translations

Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, a joyous city: thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.
you who are full of shoutings, tumultuous city, exultant town? Your slain are not slain with the sword or dead in battle.
The whole city is in a terrible uproar. What do I see in this reveling city? Bodies are lying everywhere, killed not in battle but by famine and disease.

What does Isaiah 22:2 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 22:2

Thou art full of stirs
Or, "wast full of stirs"; through the multitude of people walking about in it, and the vast hurry of business done in it; but now all hush and quiet, the streets clear of people, and the shops shut up, and all got up to the housetops for shelter; or, "full of noises" F12, as a populous trading city is. The word signifies shoutings and acclamations, and is used for joyful ones, ( Zechariah 4:7 ) and may be so taken here, and may design such as were expressed at their festivals, and on other occasions; unless it is to be understood of doleful ones, on account of the invasion and siege: a tumultuous city;
through the throng of people, and the noise of thorn: a joyous city;
some on business, others on pleasure; some hurrying from place to place about their trade and commerce, and others amusing themselves with pastime, mirth, and jollity; which is commonly the case of populous cities in prosperity. This had been Jerusalem's case, but now it was otherwise: thy slain [men] are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle;
for Sennacherib never entered into it, nor put any of its inhabitants to the sword; nor was there any battle fought between them, nor was he suffered so much as to shoot an arrow into it, ( Isaiah 37:33 ) wherefore those that died in it died either through the fright and consternation they were put into, or through the famine his army had caused, in laying the country round about them desolate.


FOOTNOTES:

F12 (halm tavt) "plena strepitibus", Munster; "tumultuationibus", Montanus, Junius & Tremellius; "fragoribus", Piscator.
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