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Isaiah 9:8

The LORD’s Anger Against Israel

8 The Lord has sent a message against Jacob; it will fall on Israel.

Isaiah 9:8 in Other Translations

8 The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.
8 The Lord has sent a word against Jacob, and it will fall on Israel;
8 The Lord has spoken out against Jacob; his judgment has fallen upon Israel.
8 The Master sent a message against Jacob. It landed right on Israel's doorstep.
8 The Lord sent a message against Jacob; it came against Israel.

Isaiah 9:8 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 9:8

The Lord sent a word unto Jacob
The prophet, having comforted Judah with the promise of the Messiah, returns to denounce the judgments of God upon the ten tribes, under the names of Jacob and Israel, which signify the same; for the "word" here is not the word of promise, the comfortable word concerning the Messiah before mentioned; but a word of threatening, ruin, and destruction, to the kingdom of Israel, after enlarged upon, which the Lord sent unto them by his prophets before hand, to warn them of it, and bring them to repentance; by which they would know, when it came to pass, that their destruction was of the Lord, and not a matter of chance: the Septuagint version is, "the Lord sent death upon Jacob"; and so the Arabic version, following it; the same word, differently pointed, being used for the pestilence, but is not the sense here; the Targum, Syriac, and Vulgate Latin versions, render it, "a word", as we do: and it hath lighted upon Israel,
or "hath fallen" F24; as an arrow shot out of a bow, as some think; or as seed cast upon the earth; or rather like a thunderbolt: it denotes the sure and full accomplishment of the word of God upon the persons to whom it was sent; for as his word of promise, so of threatening, does not return to him void and empty, ( Isaiah 55:10 Isaiah 55:11 ) . The Targum is,

``the Lord sent a word into the house of Jacob, and it was heard in Israel.''


F24 (lpn) "cecidit", Grotius, Cocccius.

Isaiah 9:8 In-Context

6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
8 The Lord has sent a message against Jacob; it will fall on Israel.
9 All the people will know it— Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria— who say with pride and arrogance of heart,
10 “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.”

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 32:2
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