I have no wrath. Should someone give Me briars and thorns in battle, Then I would step on them, I would burn them completely. (NASB)

Simply put, how should we understand this verse? Who are the briars and thorns, and why is it given to someone in battle? What is the prophet trying to convey here? Or should the verse be translated differently?

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    This is a good question. Also why the whirlwind is in the thornbush.
    – Robert
    Jan 29 '21 at 6:51

This is now NIV shows the parallelism structure in context:

If only there were **briers and thorns** confronting me!
   I would march against them in battle; 
   I would set them all on fire.
Or else let **them** come to me for refuge;
   let them make peace with me,
   yes, let them make peace with me.”

Briars and thorns are symbols of the unrighteous enemies of God as described earlier in Isaiah 9:18

Surely wickedness burns like a fire; it consumes briers and thorns, it sets the forest thickets ablaze, so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.

and in Isaiah 10:17

The Light of Israel will become a fire, their Holy One a flame; in a single day it will burn and consume his thorns and his briers.

Briers and thorns are enemies of God and the Israelites. In Isaiah 27:4,5, the parallelism shows that they will either get destroyed or make peace with God. It is a general warning for the wicked then and now.

  • What is the meaning of briars and thorns in battle? Who is giving briars and thorns in battle? What is the meaning?
    – Bach
    Dec 29 '20 at 17:10

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