Isaiah 9:15

15 the elders and dignitaries are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail.

Isaiah 9:15 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
15 The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
English Standard Version (ESV)
15 the elder and honored man is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail;
New Living Translation (NLT)
15 The leaders of Israel are the head, and the lying prophets are the tail.
The Message Bible (MSG)
15 The big-head elders were the head, the lying prophets were the tail.
American Standard Version (ASV)
15 The elder and the honorable man, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
15 Respected and honored leaders are the head. Prophets who teach lies are the tail.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
15 The head is the elder, the honored one; the tail is the prophet, the lying teacher.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
15 The elders and important leaders are the heads. The prophets who teach lies are the tails.

Isaiah 9:15 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 9:15

The ancient and honourable, he [is] the head
The elder in office, not in age; and who, on account of his office, dignity, and riches, is honoured by men, is of a venerable countenance himself, and is reverenced when seen and looked upon by others, and received by persons with pleasure and cheerfulness; as the phrase used signifies. The Septuagint and Arabic versions render it, "who admire", or "have" men's "persons in admiration"; which is the character Jude gives of false teachers, ( Jude 1:16 ) who are next described: and the prophet that teacheth lies, he [is] the tail;
so called from their low extract, being often of a mean original and descent; or rather from the meanness of their spirits, their flattery of princes and great men, to whom they tell lies, and prophesy smooth and false things, for the sake of a little sordid gain, in allusion to dogs that wag their tails at their masters; or from the poison of their doctrines, some creatures having poison in their tails, and do much mischief with them. See ( Revelation 9:19 ) .

Isaiah 9:15 In-Context

13 But the people have not returned to him who struck them, nor have they sought the LORD Almighty.
14 So the LORD will cut off from Israel both head and tail, both palm branch and reed in a single day;
15 the elders and dignitaries are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail.
16 Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray.
17 Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men, nor will he pity the fatherless and widows, for everyone is ungodly and wicked, every mouth speaks folly. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Isaiah 3:2-3
  • 2. S Isaiah 5:13
  • 3. Isaiah 28:7; Ezekiel 13:2
  • 4. S Job 13:4; S Isaiah 3:8; Isaiah 44:20; Ezekiel 13:22; Matthew 24:24
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