Isaiah 30:31

31 The voice of the LORD will shatter Assyria; with his rod he will strike them down.

Isaiah 30:31 in Other Translations

KJV
31 For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.
ESV
31 The Assyrians will be terror-stricken at the voice of the LORD, when he strikes with his rod.
NLT
31 At the LORD ’s command, the Assyrians will be shattered. He will strike them down with his royal scepter.
MSG
31 Oh yes, at God's thunder Assyria will cower under the clubbing.
CSB
31 Assyria will be shattered by the voice of the Lord. He will strike with a rod.

Isaiah 30:31 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 30:31

For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be
beaten down
As anything is by a storm of thunder, lightning, hail, and rain: or "fear", or be "affrighted", as the Vulgate Latin and Arabic versions render it; Sennacherib, the Assyrian monarch, and that part of his army which escaped, though not destroyed by it, were put into the utmost consternation: this shows that the prophecy in the context refers to the overthrow of the Assyrian army by the angel, when besieging Jerusalem in Hezekiah's time; though the Assyrian is sometimes used for any enemy of God's people at other times, particularly antichrist, and especially the eastern antichrist, the Turk:

[which] smote with a rod;
other nations, particularly the Jews, whom the Assyrian is expressly said to smite with a rod; and because he was an instrument in God's hand for the chastising of that people, he is called the rod of his anger, ( Isaiah 10:5 Isaiah 10:24 ) but now he that smote shall be smitten himself; him whom God used as a rod to correct others, he will smite with his rod, for his own correction: for this may be understood of God, and be rendered thus, "with a rod, he", that is, God, "shall smite" the Assyrian, as before; so Aben Ezra and Kimchi. The Targum interprets the "rod" of dominion.

Isaiah 30:31 In-Context

29 And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice as when people playing pipes go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel.
30 The LORD will cause people to hear his majestic voice and will make them see his arm coming down with raging anger and consuming fire, with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail.
31 The voice of the LORD will shatter Assyria; with his rod he will strike them down.
32 Every stroke the LORD lays on them with his punishing club will be to the music of timbrels and harps, as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm.
33 Topheth has long been prepared; it has been made ready for the king. Its fire pit has been made deep and wide, with an abundance of fire and wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of burning sulfur, sets it ablaze.

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