Isaiah 28:5

5 In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.

Isaiah 28:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,
ESV
5 In that day the LORD of hosts will be a crown of glory, and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people,
NLT
5 Then at last the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will himself be Israel’s glorious crown. He will be the pride and joy of the remnant of his people.
MSG
5 At that time, God-of-the-Angel-Armies will be the beautiful crown on the head of what's left of his people:
CSB
5 On that day the Lord of Hosts will become a crown of beauty and a diadem of splendor to the remnant of His people,

Isaiah 28:5 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 28:5

In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of
glory
Or, "glorious crown" F16; surrounding, adorning, and protecting his people; granting them his presence; giving them his grace, and large measures of it; causing them to live soberly, righteously, and godly: this stands opposed to "the crown of pride" before mentioned, and refers to the time when that should be trampled under foot, or when the ten tribes should be carried into captivity, which was in the sixth year of Hezekiah's reign, ( 2 Kings 18:10 ) at which time, and in whose reign, as well as in the reign of Josiah, this prophecy had its accomplishment: and for a diadem of beauty:
or, "a beautiful diadem" F17; the same as expressed by different words, for the confirmation and illustration of it: unto the residue of his people;
the Arabic version adds, "in Egypt"; the people that remained there, when the others were carried captive, but without any foundation. Jarchi interprets it of the righteous that were left in it, in Samaria, or in Ephraim, in the ten tribes before spoken of; but it is to be understood, as Kimchi observes, of the other two tribes, Judah and Benjamin, which remained in their own land, when others were carried captive, to whom God gave his favours, spiritual and temporal, in the times of Hezekiah and Josiah; and especially the former is meant, and who was a type of Christ, to whom this passage may be applied, who is the glory of his people Israel; and so the Targum paraphrases it,

``in that day shall the Messiah of the Lord of hosts be for a crown of joy;''
and Kimchi says their Rabbins expound this of the King Messiah, in time to come, when both the kingly and priestly glory should be restored; the one being signified by the "crown of glory", the other by the "diadem of beauty".
FOOTNOTES:

F16 (ybu trjel) "pro corona decora", Piscator.
F17 (hrapt trypulw) "et pro diademate ornante", Piscator.

Isaiah 28:5 In-Context

3 That wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, will be trampled underfoot.
4 That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley, will be like figs ripe before harvest— as soon as people see them and take them in hand, they swallow them.
5 In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.
6 He will be a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.
7 And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions.

Cross References 4

  • 1. S Isaiah 10:20; S Isaiah 27:1; Isaiah 29:18; Isaiah 30:23
  • 2. S Isaiah 24:16,23
  • 3. Isaiah 62:3; Jeremiah 13:18; Ezekiel 16:12; Ezekiel 21:26; Zechariah 9:16
  • 4. S Isaiah 1:9