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Go to Bible: Isaiah 31
Isa 31:1(top)
Isa 31:2

“he also is wise.” Although the people of Israel did not seek Yahweh they should have, because “He too is wise.” Actually, this is an irony designed to point out the folly of not looking to or seeking Yahweh, for He alone is truly wise. If anyone lacks wisdom, let that one ask of God (James 1:3).

Isa 31:3(top)
Isa 31:4

“he will not be afraid because of their shouting.” Like a lion fighting for the food he has just killed is not afraid of a bunch of shepherds with their sticks, God is not frightened or intimidated by humans and their feeble efforts. God can and will fight for His people and can and will win the fights He engages in. He is making this known to Israel and Judah so that they might turn away from help from humans and idols and seek Him and His help. Sadly, the people of Israel and Judah did not turn to God, and they suffered terribly for it. Christians should be wiser than these people in the Old Testament and always turn to God and Jesus for help.

Isa 31:5

“Like birds hovering.” Just as birds hover around their nest and their young to protect them, so Yahweh would hover around Jerusalem to protect it. And Yahweh did hover around Jerusalem during the time of Isaiah and the Assyrians, who eventually came to attack Jerusalem but were defeated by God’s direct action (2 Kings 19:35-36). However, the people of Judah and Jerusalem became increasingly ungodly and so God could no longer protect them and they were conquered by the Babylonians (2 Kings 24, 25).

Isa 31:6(top)
Isa 31:7

“For in that day.” The subject shifts abruptly here, as is often done in the Old Testament. This is a common way of referring to the Day of the Lord, and this verse looks forward to the tribulation and kingdom of Christ on earth. This prophecy was not fulfilled at the end of the Babylonian captivity and is still future. This prophecy is similar to Isaiah 2:20.

“idols.” The Hebrew text has the word 'eliyl (#0457 אֱלִיל), more literally “Worthless Ones” or “worthless things,” a sarcastic name for “idols” (see commentary on Habakkuk 2:18, “Worthless Ones”).

Isa 31:8(top)
Isa 31:9(top)

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