Isaiah 29:20

20 The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down—

Isaiah 29:20 in Other Translations

20 For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:
20 For the ruthless shall come to nothing and the scoffer cease, and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off,
20 The scoffer will be gone, the arrogant will disappear, and those who plot evil will be killed.
20 For there'll be no more gangs on the street. Cynical scoffers will be an extinct species. Those who never missed a chance to hurt or demean will never be heard of again:
20 For the ruthless one will vanish, the scorner will disappear, and all those who lie in wait with evil intent will be killed-

Isaiah 29:20 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 29:20

For the terrible one is brought to nought
Who before was so to the people of God; meaning not Sennacherib king of Assyria, but some formidable enemy or enemies under the Gospel dispensation; as the Scribes and Pharisees, and the Jewish sanhedrim; who were "violent" {c}, as it may be rendered, violent persecutors of the followers of Christ, the meek and poor before described; who were brought to nought, and their power ceased at the destruction of Jerusalem; and the Roman emperor, with all subordinate rulers and governors in the empire, who harassed the Christians in a terrible manner, but were at last brought to nought by Constantine, and their persecution ceased; and the Romish antichrist, who has been so terrible, that none could or dared oppose him; he in a little time will be brought to nought, and cease to be. The Septuagint version renders it, "the wicked one faileth"; and uses the same word F4, by which antichrist is described, ( 2 Thessalonians 2:8 ) also Satan, that terrible enemy of the saints, shall be brought to nought; first bound for a thousand years; and afterwards, being loosed, shall be taken again, and cast into the lake of fire; all which will be matter of joy to the meek and lowly:

and the scorner is consumed;
the same as before, only represented under a different character; the Jew, that mocked at Christ, because of his meanness, and that of his followers, that scoffed at his doctrines and miracles; and the Gentile, that derided his cross, and the preaching of it; and antichrist, whose mouth is full of blasphemies against God, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in it:

and all that watch for iniquity are cut off;
that cannot sleep unless they commit it, and seek for and take all opportunities of doing it; or watch for iniquity in others, in Christ, and the professors of his religion; or for anything they could call so, that they might have something to accuse them of, and charge them with, and a pretence to proceed against them in colour of law and justice: which has been the practice of Jews, Pagans, and Papists.


F3 (Uyre) "violentus", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius.
F4 (anomov)

Isaiah 29:20 In-Context

18 In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.
19 Once more the humble will rejoice in the LORD; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20 The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down—
21 those who with a word make someone out to be guilty, who ensnare the defender in court and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice.
22 Therefore this is what the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, says to the descendants of Jacob: “No longer will Jacob be ashamed; no longer will their faces grow pale.

Cross References 4

  • 1. S Isaiah 9:4; S Isaiah 13:11
  • 2. Isaiah 34:12
  • 3. S 2 Chronicles 36:16; Isaiah 28:22
  • 4. S Job 15:35; Psalms 7:14; Isaiah 32:7; Isaiah 33:11; Isaiah 59:4; Ezekiel 11:2; Micah 2:1; Nahum 1:11
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