Isaiah 28:20

20 The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.

Isaiah 28:20 in Other Translations

KJV
20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.
ESV
20 For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on, and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in.
NLT
20 The bed you have made is too short to lie on. The blankets are too narrow to cover you.
MSG
20 There will be no place where you can rest, nothing to hide under.
CSB
20 Indeed, the bed is too short to stretch out on, and its cover too small to wrap up in.

Isaiah 28:20 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 28:20

For the bed is shorter than that [a man] can stretch
himself [on it]
When a bed is short, a man cannot lie at his full length, and at ease:

and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself [in it];
when the bedclothes are narrow a man cannot cover himself with them, so as to be warm and comfortable. These proverbial expressions are interpreted by Kimchi of Jerusalem, when besieged by the Assyrian army, when the inhabitants of it were much straitened, distressed, and made uncomfortable; perhaps it may be better understood of the same city when besieged by the Romans, to which the Jews flocked from all parts, in such numbers, for shelter, that there was not room enough for them, at least not provision, and which was the cause of that great distress and miserable condition they were reduced to: in general, the design of the words may be to show that all refuges and shelters, all means made use of for safety and protection, by which they endeavoured to cover and secure themselves, would be insufficient; and particularly such that laid themselves at ease on the bed of their own righteousness, not submitting to Christ and his righteousness, and covered themselves with the rags of their own doings, and not with the garments of his salvation, would find themselves in a very uncomfortable and unsafe state.

Isaiah 28:20 In-Context

18 Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it.
19 As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through.” The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror.
20 The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.
21 The LORD will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim, he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon— to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.
22 Now stop your mocking, or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the LORD Almighty, has told me of the destruction decreed against the whole land.

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