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Go to Bible: Isaiah 19
 
Isa 19:1

“burden.” The word of the Lord can be a burden to the prophet, and then, when it is spoken, can be a burden to the people. It might have been more clear in the English to say “burdensome message” instead of “burden,” but the Hebrew word is “burden.” [For more information on “burden,” see commentary on Malachi 1:1].

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

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Isa 19:3

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

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Isa 19:18

“In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that...swear to Yahweh of Armies.” Isaiah 19:18-25 mainly describe things that will occur in the Millennial Kingdom when Jesus Christ rules the earth, although there are some things in the verses that occur before Christ rules on earth. The key to understanding prophecies such as this one in Isaiah 19:18-25 is realizing that the prophecy is not in chronological order, and so the reader must understand from many other places in the Bible what the Millennial Kingdom will be like, as well as understand what the Tribulation and Armageddon, which precede the Millennial Kingdom, will be like. Then the reader can use that information to sort out what pieces of the prophecy refer to events before the Millennial Kingdom and which events have never occurred but will occur in the Millennial Kingdom. [For more on the prophecies of the Millennial Kingdom in Isaiah, see commentary on Isa. 2:2].

“City of Destruction.” The Masoretic Hebrew text reads “City of Destruction” which may be a reference to its past. However, the Qumran scroll of Isaiah, 1QIsaa, reads“City of the Sun,” and that reading better fits the context, which is about how Egypt will turn to Yahweh in the future. Furthermore, “City of the Sun” is also supported by some medieval Hebrew manuscripts, Symmachus' Greek version, the Aramaic Targum, and the Latin Vulgate. The Greek for “City of the Sun” is Heliopolis, a well-known city in Egypt. Saying that Heliopolis turned from Egyptian idols to the worship of Yahweh would catch people’s attention due to the size and importance of that city.

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Isa 19:19

“and a standing-stone to Yahweh.” This amazing prophecy is that in the future, in the Millennial Kingdom when Jesus rules the earth, Egypt, which has always had dozens and dozens of different gods and goddesses, will worship the true God, Yahweh, and set up a standing-stone as a testimony and witness of Yahweh at its border. [For more on the prophecies of the Millennial Kingdom in Isaiah, see commentary on Isa. 2:2. For more on standing-stones, see commentary on Gen. 28:18].

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