Isaiah 25:2

2 You have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified town a ruin, the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.

Isaiah 25:2 in Other Translations

2 For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.
2 For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the foreigners' palace is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.
2 You turn mighty cities into heaps of ruins. Cities with strong walls are turned to rubble. Beautiful palaces in distant lands disappear and will never be rebuilt.
2 Here you've reduced the city to rubble, the strong city to a pile of stones. The enemy Big City is a non-city, never to be a city again.
2 For You have turned the city into a pile of rubble, a fortified city, into a ruin; the fortress of barbarians is no longer a city; it will never be rebuilt.

Isaiah 25:2 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 25:2

For thou hast made of a city an heap
Which is to be understood, not of Samaria, nor of Jerusalem; rather of Babylon; though it is best to interpret it of the city of Rome, as Jerom says the Jews do; though they generally explain it of many cities, which shall be destroyed in the times of Gog and Magog, as Aben Ezra and Kimchi; and so the Targum has it in the plural number; perhaps not only the city of Rome, but all the antichristian states, the cities of the nations, all within the Romish jurisdiction are meant; which shall all fall by the earthquake, sooner or later, and become a heap: [of] a defenced city, a ruin;
or, "for a fall" F3; the same thing is meant as before: it designs the fall of mystical Babylon or Rome, called the great and mighty city, ( Revelation 18:2 Revelation 18:10 ) : a palace of strangers;
which Kimchi interprets of Babylon, which, he says, was a palace to the cities of the Gentiles, who are called strangers; and it is said, that that city was originally built for strangers, that dwelt in tents, in Arabia Deserts; but it is best to understand it of Rome, as before, which is the palace of such who are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, who have introduced a strange religion, and are the worshippers of strange gods, ( Daniel 11:38 Daniel 11:39 ) . The Targum renders it,

``the house of the gods of the people in the city of Jerusalem;''
and this will be made to be no city, it shall never be built;
any more, when once it is destroyed, signified by the angels casting a millstone into the sea, which shall never be taken up again, or found more, ( Revelation 18:21 ) .

F3 (hlpml) "in lapsum".

Isaiah 25:2 In-Context

1 LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.
2 You have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified town a ruin, the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore strong peoples will honor you; cities of ruthless nations will revere you.
4 You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall
5 and like the heat of the desert. You silence the uproar of foreigners; as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is stilled.

Cross References 5

  • 1. Isaiah 17:1; Isaiah 26:5; Isaiah 37:26
  • 2. S Isaiah 17:3
  • 3. S Deuteronomy 13:16
  • 4. S Isaiah 13:22
  • 5. S Job 12:14
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