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Isaiah 20

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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?

Isaiah 20

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Prophecy about Egypt and Cush (Ancient Ethiopia)
1In the year that the Tartan [the Assyrian commander in chief] came to Ashdod [in Philistia], when Sargon king of Assyria sent him and he fought against Ashdod and captured it, 2at that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, untie the #A coarse cloth usually made of goat hair or camel hair and worn as a sign of mourning, or worn by prophets.sackcloth from your hips and take your sandals off your feet.” And he did so, walking around #Or naked. The Hebrew can refer to someone completely naked, or only stripped to the underwear (i.e. a loincloth); see note v 4. The ancient rabbis were particularly sensitive to the issue, and some maintained (contrary to the text) that Isaiah was wearing worn-out clothes and patched shoes or sandals.stripped [to his loincloth] and barefoot. 3And the Lord said, “Even as My servant Isaiah has walked #Stripping off the outer garments was an act symbolizing disgrace and humiliation.stripped and barefoot for three years as a sign and forewarning concerning Egypt and Cush (Ethiopia), 4in the same way the king of Assyria will lead away the Egyptian captives and the Cushite exiles, young and old, stripped and barefoot, even with buttocks uncovered—to the #Lit nakedness. As noted for v 2, the Hebrew can refer to complete nakedness or to being stripped to the underwear. A loincloth might leave the buttocks exposed to a greater or lesser extent.shame of Egypt. 5Then they will be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and Egypt their boast. 6So the inhabitants of this coastland [the Israelites and their neighbors] will say in that day, ‘Look what has happened to those in whom we hoped and trusted and to whom we fled for help to be spared from the king of Assyria! But we, how will we escape [captivity and exile]?’ ”