1In the year that Tartan came to Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod and took it; 2at that time Jehovah spake by Isaiab the son of Amoz, saying: Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoes from thy feet. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot. 3And Jehovah said: Like as my servant Isaiab hath walked naked and barefoot three years, a sign and wonder for Egypt and for Cush; 4so shall the king of Assyria lead the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, the young and the old, naked and barefoot with their hind-parts uncovered, to the shame of the Egyptians. 5And they shall be terrified, and ashamed of Cush their expectation; and of Egypt their glory. 6And the inhabitant of this region shall say in that day: Behold, such is our expectation, whither we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?
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Translated by Rev John Jones (Ioan Tegid).Published at Oxford in 1830, second edition 1842.
A Message about Egypt and Ethiopia
1In the year when King Sargon of Assyria sent his commander in chief to capture the Philistine city of Ashdod,#20:1 Ashdod was captured by Assyria in 711 b.c. 2the Lord told Isaiah son of Amoz, “Take off the burlap you have been wearing, and remove your sandals.” Isaiah did as he was told and walked around naked and barefoot.
3Then the Lord said, “My servant Isaiah has been walking around naked and barefoot for the last three years. This is a sign—a symbol of the terrible troubles I will bring upon Egypt and Ethiopia.#20:3 Hebrew Cush; also in 20:5. 4For the king of Assyria will take away the Egyptians and Ethiopians#20:4 Hebrew Cushites. as prisoners. He will make them walk naked and barefoot, both young and old, their buttocks bared, to the shame of Egypt. 5Then the Philistines will be thrown into panic, for they counted on the power of Ethiopia and boasted of their allies in Egypt! 6They will say, ‘If this can happen to Egypt, what chance do we have? We were counting on Egypt to protect us from the king of Assyria.’”
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