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Therefore as a tongue of fire devours the stubble
and as the dry grass sinks down in the flame,
so their root will be as rottenness
and their blossom will go up as dust,
because they have rejected
the law of Yahweh of Armies
and spurned
the word of the Holy One of Israel. Bible

“sinks down.” If you set fire to a pile of dry grass, as it burns up the grass on top sinks down into the flame until it is on fire and then consumed. This verse gives different illustrations of the destruction of the wicked, who will be consumed in the Lake of Fire until they exist no more. They will be like stubble or grass that the fire burns up, like a root that rots away, and like a blossom that turns to dust and is gone. [For more on annihilation in the Lake of Fire, see Appendix 5, “Annihilation in the Lake of Fire”].


Commentary for: Isaiah 5:24