Isaiah 33:11

11 You conceive chaff, you give birth to straw; your breath is a fire that consumes you.

Isaiah 33:11 in Other Translations

11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
11 You conceive chaff; you give birth to stubble; your breath is a fire that will consume you.
11 You Assyrians produce nothing but dry grass and stubble. Your own breath will turn to fire and consume you.
11 There's nothing to you. Pregnant with chaff, you produce straw babies; full of hot air, you self-destruct.
11 You will conceive chaff; you will give birth to stubble. Your breath is fire that will consume you.

Isaiah 33:11 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 33:11

Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble,
&c.] Signifying that all the counsels, designs, and schemes, of the antichristian party, to continue themselves in their present state, and save themselves from ruin, as well as utterly to destroy the interest of Christ, would be weak, vain, and fruitless; their conceptions and actions, their purposes and attempts, would be alike; would be abortive, like chaff and stubble, and only serve as such for their own destruction: your breath [as] fire shall devour you;
or, "your spirit" F1; your pride and haughtiness, in self praises, commendations, and glorying; your rage, wrath, and fury, against the saints; your blasphemy against God and Christ shall be the reason why the fire of God's wrath shall consume you. The Targum is,

``you have thought for yourselves, O ye people, thoughts of wickedness; ye have done for yourselves evil works; because of your evil works, my Word shall destroy you, as a whirlwind the stubble;''
Christ, the essential Word of God.

F1 (Mkxwr) "spiritus vester", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus

Isaiah 33:11 In-Context

9 The land dries up and wastes away, Lebanon is ashamed and withers; Sharon is like the Arabah, and Bashan and Carmel drop their leaves.
10 “Now will I arise,” says the LORD. “Now will I be exalted; now will I be lifted up.
11 You conceive chaff, you give birth to straw; your breath is a fire that consumes you.
12 The peoples will be burned to ashes; like cut thornbushes they will be set ablaze.”
13 You who are far away, hear what I have done; you who are near, acknowledge my power!

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 7:14; Isaiah 59:4; James 1:15
  • 2. S Isaiah 26:18
  • 3. Isaiah 1:31
Scripture quoted by permission.  Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide.