Isaiah 66:6

6 Hear that uproar from the city, hear that noise from the temple! It is the sound of the LORDrepaying his enemies all they deserve.

Isaiah 66:6 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies.
English Standard Version (ESV)
6 "The sound of an uproar from the city! A sound from the temple! The sound of the LORD, rendering recompense to his enemies!
New Living Translation (NLT)
6 What is all the commotion in the city? What is that terrible noise from the Temple? It is the voice of the LORD taking vengeance against his enemies.
The Message Bible (MSG)
6 Rumbles of thunder from the city! A voice out of the Temple! God's voice, handing out judgment to his enemies:
American Standard Version (ASV)
6 A voice of tumult from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of Jehovah that rendereth recompense to his enemies.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
6 Listen to the uproar from the city. Listen to the sound from the temple. It is the sound of the LORD paying back his enemies as they deserve.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
6 A sound of uproar from the city! A voice from the temple- the voice of the Lord, paying back His enemies what they deserve!
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
6 Hear the loud sounds coming from the city! Listen to the noise coming from the temple! I am the one who is causing it. I am paying my enemies back for everything they have done.

Isaiah 66:6 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 66:6

A voice of noise from the city
From the city of Jerusalem, as the Targum; so Kimchi, who says, that in the days of the Messiah shall go out of Jerusalem the voice of noise concerning Gog and Magog: this indeed respects the days of the Messiah, but such as are now past, and a voice of crying in the city of Jerusalem, at, the taking and destruction of it by the Romans; when were heard from it the noisy voices of the Roman soldiers, triumphing and rejoicing at it, and the shrieks of the inhabitants, running about from place to place for shelter; so when destruction and desolation are come upon any place, a voice or a cry is said to come from it; see ( Jeremiah 48:3 ) ( 51:54 ) ( Zephaniah 1:10 ) : a voice from the temple;
either from heaven, as Aben Ezra; or rather from the temple at Jerusalem, of the priests there hindered from doing their service, and starving for want of sustenance; or of the people that fled thither for security, but forced from thence by the soldiers; and especially a voice of crying and lamentation was heard, when set on fire. Some illustrate this by what the priests heard in the temple a little before the destruction of it, a rustling and a noise like persons shifting and moving, and a voice in the holy of holies, saying, "let us go hence"; as also the words of Jesus the son of Ananus, a countryman, who went about uttering these words,

``a voice from the east, a voice from the west, a voice from the four winds, a voice against Jerusalem and against the temple, a voice against the bridegrooms and the brides, a voice against all the people:''
this he did before the war began, nor could he be persuaded to desist from it, but continued it afterwards; going on the walls of the city, saying,
``woe, woe to the city, and to the temple, and to the people, woe to myself also;''
and while he was speaking the last words, a stone, cast from a Roman engine, killed him, as Josephus F17 relates: a voice of the Lord, that rendereth recompence to his enemies;
for the Lord's voice was in all this, and his hand in the destruction of those people; it was according to his appointment, direction, and order, in righteous judgment for their sins, they being his implacable enemies, that would not have him to rule over them, ( Luke 19:14 Luke 19:27 ) .

F17 De Bello Jud. I. 6. c. 5. sect. 3.

Isaiah 66:6 In-Context

4 so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring on them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.”
5 Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: “Your own people who hate you, and exclude you because of my name, have said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy!’ Yet they will be put to shame.
6 Hear that uproar from the city, hear that noise from the temple! It is the sound of the LORDrepaying his enemies all they deserve.
7 “Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son.
8 Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S 1 Samuel 2:10; S Psalms 68:33
  • 2. S Leviticus 26:28; Isaiah 65:6; Joel 3:7
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