Isaiah 44:25

25 who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense,

Isaiah 44:25 in Other Translations

KJV
25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;
ESV
25 who frustrates the signs of liars and makes fools of diviners, who turns wise men back and makes their knowledge foolish,
NLT
25 I expose the false prophets as liars and make fools of fortune-tellers. I cause the wise to give bad advice, thus proving them to be fools.
MSG
25 He makes the magicians look ridiculous and turns fortunetellers into jokes. He makes the experts look trivial and their latest knowledge look silly.
CSB
25 who destroys the omens of the false prophets and makes fools of diviners; who confounds the wise and makes their knowledge foolishness;

Isaiah 44:25 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 44:25

That frustrateth the tokens of the liars
Struck dumb the oracles of the Heathens, disappointed their lying priests, and made void all the signs and tokens they gave the people, that such and such things would come to pass, which did not, and which proved them to be liars: and maketh diviners mad;
soothsayers, astrologers, and such sort of persons, who pretended to foretell future events; but these not answering to their predictions, they became mad, because their credit was ruined, and they lost their reward: that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolishness;
the wise philosophers among the Gentiles, and their schemes of philosophy, which were confounded and destroyed, and proved foolish, through the ministration of the Gospel, ( 1 Corinthians 1:20 1 Corinthians 1:27 ) ( 3:19 ) .

Isaiah 44:25 In-Context

23 Sing for joy, you heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.
24 “This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself,
25 who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense,
26 who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, ‘It shall be inhabited,’ of the towns of Judah, ‘They shall be rebuilt,’ and of their ruins, ‘I will restore them,’
27 who says to the watery deep, ‘Be dry, and I will dry up your streams,’

Cross References 4

  • 1. Psalms 33:10
  • 2. Leviticus 19:26; 1 Samuel 6:2; Isaiah 2:6; Isaiah 8:19; Isaiah 47:13; Jeremiah 27:9; Daniel 2:2,10; Daniel 4:7; Micah 3:7; Zechariah 10:2
  • 3. S Job 5:13; 1 Corinthians 1:27
  • 4. 2 Samuel 15:31; 1 Corinthians 1:19-20