Isaiah – Chapter 20

The Bible – Old Testament



Chapter 20


In the year the general sent by Sargon, king of Assyria, fought against Ashdod and captured it,


1 the LORD gave a warning through Isaiah, the son of Amoz: Go and take off the sackcloth from your waist, and remove the sandals from your feet. This he did, walking naked and barefoot.


Then the LORD said: Just as my servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot for three years as a sign and portent against Egypt and Ethiopia,


so shall the king of Assyria lead away captives from Egypt, and exiles from Ethiopia, young and old, naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered (the shame of Egypt).


They shall be dismayed and ashamed because of Ethiopia, their hope, and because of Egypt, their boast.


The inhabitants of this coastland shall say on that day, «Look at our hope! We have fled here for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria; where can we flee now?»


1 [2-6] The symbolic act of the prophet conveyed the idea that Assyria would lead captive the Egyptians and Ethiopians. The Judeans and their allies would then realize the folly of having trusted in them.