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Isaiah 20

Introduction

1A type prefiguring the shameful captivity of Egypt and Ethiopia.

Verse 1

In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;
Tartan
Tartan was one of the generals of Sennacherib, who, it is probable, is here called Sargon, and in the book of Tobit, Sacherdonus and Sacherdan, against whom Tirhakah, king of Cush or Ethiopia, was in league with the king of Egypt.
2 Kings 18:17
Ashdod
1 Samuel 6:17; Jeremiah 25:20; Amos 1:8
and took
Jeremiah 25:29,30
Reciprocal: Joshua 15:46 - near;  Isaiah 14:31 - for;  Jeremiah 25:12 - perpetual;  Jeremiah 43:9 - great;  Ezekiel 29:2 - against all

Verse 2

At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
Isaiah
Heb. the hand of Isaiah. Go.
Jeremiah 13:1-11; 19:1-15; Ezekiel 4:5; Matthew 16:24
the sackcloth
2 Kings 1:8; Zechariah 13:4; Matthew 3:4; Revelation 11:3
put
Exodus 3:5; Joshua 5:15; Ezekiel 24:17,23
naked
1 Samuel 19:24; 2 Samuel 6:20; Job 1:20,21; Micah 1:8,11; John 21:7; Acts 19:16
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 25:9 - loose his shoe;  2 Samuel 15:30 - barefoot;  1 Kings 20:35 - Smite me;  2 Kings 13:18 - Smite;  Psalm 69:11 - I made;  Isaiah 19:17 - because;  Jeremiah 2:25 - Withhold;  Jeremiah 13:2 - according;  Jeremiah 18:2 - and go;  Jeremiah 27:2 - put;  Jeremiah 48:37 - upon the loins;  Ezekiel 4:1 - take;  Ezekiel 12:6 - for I;  Hosea 1:2 - Go;  Hosea 12:10 - used;  Matthew 11:8 - A man

Verse 3

And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;
three
Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:5,6; Revelation 11:2,3
a sign
8:18
upon Egypt
18:1-7
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 20:35 - Smite me;  Ezekiel 4:3 - This;  Ezekiel 24:24 - Ezekiel;  Ezekiel 30:6 - They also;  Ezekiel 30:9 - messengers;  Hosea 1:2 - Go;  Zechariah 3:8 - for

Verse 4

So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
shall
19:4; Jeremiah 46:26; Ezekiel 30:18
Egyptians
Heb. captivity of Egypt. with their.
3:17; 2 Samuel 10:4; Jeremiah 13:22,26; Micah 1:11
shame
Heb. nakedness.
Revelation 3:18
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 15:30 - barefoot;  1 Chronicles 19:4 - and cut;  Isaiah 19:20 - they shall;  Isaiah 31:2 - against the help;  Isaiah 32:11 - strip;  Isaiah 47:2 - make bare;  Jeremiah 46:19 - furnish thyself to go into captivity;  Jeremiah 48:39 - a derision;  Jeremiah 51:22 - GeneralEzekiel 30:5 - Ethiopia;  Nahum 3:10 - she carried;  Habakkuk 2:16 - and let;  Zephaniah 2:12 - Ethiopians

Verse 5

And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.
afraid
30:3,5,7; 36:6; 2 Kings 18:21; Ezekiel 29:6,7
their glory
2:22; Jeremiah 9:23,24; 17:5; 1 Corinthians 3:21
Reciprocal: Psalm 4:2 - my glory;  Isaiah 30:2 - walk;  Jeremiah 2:36 - thou also shalt;  Jeremiah 22:20 - and cry;  Jeremiah 46:25 - and all;  Lamentations 4:17 - our eyes;  Ezekiel 29:16 - the confidence;  Ezekiel 30:9 - messengers;  Nahum 3:9 - Ethiopia;  Zephaniah 2:12 - Ethiopians;  Zechariah 9:5 - for

Verse 6

And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?
isle
or, country.
Job 22:30; Jeremiah 47:4
whither
28:17; 30:1-7,15,16; 31:1-3; Job 6:20
and how
Matthew 23:33; 1 Thessalonians 5:3; Hebrews 2:3 Reciprocal: Isaiah 10:3 - And what;  Isaiah 30:2 - walk;  Isaiah 30:5 - GeneralIsaiah 36:6 - GeneralJeremiah 4:30 - And when;  Jeremiah 5:31 - and what;  Jeremiah 22:20 - and cry;  Jeremiah 46:25 - and all;  Ezekiel 29:6 - a staff;  Zechariah 9:5 - for;  Philemon 1:15 - General

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Isaiah 20". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/isaiah-20.html.