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The book of Isaiah, and the 8th C prophet Isaiah.

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What are the spirits of the dead in Isaiah 19:3?

Isaiah 19:3 The Egyptians will lose heart, and I will bring their plans to nothing; they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead, the mediums and the spiritists. Are the spirits of the ...
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Does God allow rape in Isaiah 13:16? [closed]

Does God allow rape in Isaiah 13:16? Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
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In Isaiah 19:16-25, we have a future scenario for Egypt. The 19th verse refers to an 'altar' and also a 'pillar'. What could these be in reference to?

There are some relatively new (in the last 25 years say) theories as to what Is 19:19 and 20, in whatever Bible translation one cares to look at, is referring to when talking about 'altar' and 'pillar'...
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Did Paul misquote Isaiah in Romans 15:12?

NIV Isaiah 11:10 On that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples. The nations will seek Him, and His place of rest will be glorious. Romans 15:12 And again, Isaiah says, “The ...
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How do we reconcile Genesis 1:26 with Isaiah 46:9?

If we are made in the image & likeness of God, then in a real sense we are like Him. But is He like us? Obviously not, see: Psalms 50:16-21, especially Psalms 50:21. 16 But unto the wicked God ...
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Isaiah 3:17 - “And the Lord will make their foreheads bare” mean?

What does "And the Lord will make their foreheads bare" mean?
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In Isaiah 45:7, what is the meaning of “I form the light and create darkness” and how does that phrase relate to “I make peace and create evil”?

7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things. KJV In the phrase "I form the light and create darkness" there appears to be a ...
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Can you please explain Isaiah 3:16–17? I was told by my atheist friend that this is God threatening with molestation. Is this true? [closed]

Isaiah 3:16-17 (KJV): 16 Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling ...
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How should Christians approach or view the ethnics and morality of the Old Testament? [closed]

The Old Testament is undoubtedly fundamentally different to the new especially when it comes to the nature of God, in the Old Testament God orders the murder of men, of women and of children but in ...
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Conducting business with foreigners

In Isaiah 2:6 (NASB) For You have abandoned Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with influences from the east, And they are soothsayers like the Philistines. They also strike ...
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Are there any academic scholars ,who interpreted Isaiah 11, non messianically? [closed]

Are there any academic scholars ,who interpreted the Stump of Jesse ,and all the predictions in the Isaiah 11, as NOT a reference to the far future Messiah and his messianic age,as believed by Jews ...
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How near - the last days in Isaiah 2:2?

Isaiah 2:2 In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Did the writer ...
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What does Isaiah 55:6 mean by “seeking” and “finding” the LORD?

Isaiah 55:6 (ESV): “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; What does it mean to seek the LORD? What does it mean to find Him?
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In Isaiah 5:2, what is the function of the tower, and how is it prophetically significant?

[Isaiah 5:1-7 NASB20] (1) Let me sing now for my beloved A song of my beloved about His vineyard. My beloved had a vineyard on a fertile hill. (2) He dug it all around, cleared it of stones, And ...
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Is the order of Identities in Isaiah 9:6 significant?

Isaiah 9:6: For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called (1)Wonderful Counselor, (2)Mighty God, (3)Eternal ...
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Is God assigning equal importance to the new moons, the Sabbaths, and the holy convocations in Isaiah 1:13-14?

Isaiah 1:12-17 (ESV): 12 “When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? 13 Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and ...
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Isaiah 59:18 What are the islands?

Isaiah 59:18 According to what they have done, so will he repay wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay the islands their due. What are the islands? Why are they punished?
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Isaiah 56:3 What's a dry tree?

Isaiah 56:3 Let no foreigner who is bound to the LORD say, "The LORD will surely exclude me from his people." And let no eunuch complain, "I am only a dry tree." What's a dry tree?...
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Isaiah 19:18 What is the city of the Sun?

Isaiah 19:16 In that day the Egyptians will become weaklings. They will shudder with fear at the uplifted hand that the Lord Almighty raises against them. 17 And the land of Judah will bring terror to ...
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What is meant by “familiar spirits” in Isaiah 19:3, 29:4?

Isaiah 19:3: 3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar ...
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Is Isaiah 50:6 literally fulfilled in Jesus?

Isaiah 50:6 I offered My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who tore out My beard. I did not hide My face from scorn and spittle. Was this literally fulfilled in Jesus?
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What is the prophecy against Dumah in Isaiah 21:11-12?

Isaiah 21: 11 A prophecy against Dumah: Someone calls to me from Seir, “Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?” 12The watchman replies, “Morning is coming, but also ...
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When was Isaiah 45:13 fulfilled?

Isaiah 45:13[NIV] I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the LORD Almighty.&...
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Isaiah 3:19 What are the charms?

Isaiah 3:18 In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, 19 the earrings and bracelets and veils, 20 the headdresses and anklets and sashes, ...
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Will the messiah save us from sin or will the messiah come to those who repent

I see in Matthew chapter 1, it talks about the messiah saving his people from their sins. But Tanakh talks about the messiah coming to those who repent. How do we reconcile these two? Matthew 1:20 ...
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Who were those “already gathered” in Isaiah 56:8?

Isaiah 56:8 New International Version The Sovereign LORD declares-- he who gathers the exiles of Israel: "I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered." Who were those ...
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Is there anything special about the “awake, awake” in Isaiah 51 & 52?

Isaiah 51: 9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD. Wake up as in days past, as in generations of old. 17 Awake, awake! Rise up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the LORD ...
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What is the meaning of the word “sign” in Isaiah 37:30?

Isaiah 37: 30 “This will be the sign for you, Hezekiah: “This year you will eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards ...
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Has Isaiah 14:1-2 been fulfilled?

Berean Study Bible Isaiah 14: 1 For the LORD will have compassion on Jacob; once again He will choose Israel and settle them in their own land. The foreigner will join them and unite with the house ...
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What are the wells of salvation?

Isaiah 12:3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 1 Corinthians 10:4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that ...
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Isaiah 12:2 God is my salvation vs he has become my salvation

Isaiah 12:2 (NIV) Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” What is the significance between ...
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How many spirits are in view in Isaiah 11:2?

Isaiah 11:1-3 (ESV): A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the ...
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Is Lucifer a proper name of Satan according to Isaiah 14:12?

King James Bible Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Are Isaiah 55:11 and John 1:1,14 talking about the same “word”?

In the question Why would God fully become His Word if He could not return to Himself? the author assumes a firm link between the term 'word' in the following passages: Isaiah 55:10-11 (ESV): 10 “For ...
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In Isaiah 55:11 - Why would God fully become His Word if He could not return to Himself? [closed]

Does our God claim His-Word becomes fully Himself [before returning to Himself]? Yeshayahu יְשַׁעְיָ֣הוּ | “Isaiah” 55:11 “so shall be My-Word that emanates from My-mouth; it shall not return to Me ...
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What does Isaiah mean by “Wash you, make you clean”? (Isaiah 1:16)

Isaiah 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; (KJV) The repentance motif is continued in the next few verses, including the great ...
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How should we understand Colossians 2:9 in contrast to [Isaiah 7:14-16, Matthew 1:22-23]?

How does a Human fully God not know how to reject bad and choose good? Colossians 2:9 [NASB] "For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form" Yeshayahu יְשַׁעְיָהוּ֒ | "...
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Who anointed Jesus (and with what): the Spirit of the Lord or the Lord? Luke 4:18

Luke 4:16-21 (ESV): 16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the ...
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In what sense was the man of sorrow from Isaiah 53:3 acquainted with infirmity?

It is my view that חלי in verse 3 is most accurately translated as disease, sickness or infirmity. However the word translated ‘acquainted’ appears to be misleading given its connotation. The word ידע ...
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Isaiah 53:3 acquainted with חלי - grief, suffering or infirmity?

I noticed that in the English חלי is some times translated as grief e.g. KJV, ESV, NASB. The NRSV translates it as infirmity which personally I think is a better translation of חלי. The LXX likewise ...
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Who is the “Lilith” of Isaiah 34:14?

"Lilith" appears not to translate very well from Isaiah 34:14. What would the original language(s) indicate?
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Why did Hezekiah show the Babylonian foreign diplomatic envoys the wonders of the Israelite kingdom?Were Babylonian envoys spying?

I've always wondered why Hezekiah showed the Babylonian foreign diplomatic envoys all the wealth & power of the Israelite kingdom. Was Hezekiah just naive, and just talking too much(being loose ...
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What is meant by “seeking/doing one's own pleasure” in Isaiah 58?

Isaiah 58:3,13-14 (ESV) 3 ‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’ Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and ...
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How to know when to use Shihor or Nile?

In Joshua 13:3 (NASB) from the Shihor which is east of Egypt, even as far as the border of Ekron to the north (it is counted as Canaanite); the five governors of the Philistines: the Gazite, the ...
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Does Isaiah 64:4 speak of seeing God or seeing the greatest of God's blessings?

What hasn't been seen? There appears to be a substantial difference in meaning in Isaiah 64:4 depending on how a few words are translated--and how the sentence (in English) is punctuated: Case 1 (...
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Is the expression “I am the First and the Last” always about generations?

Motivated by an intriguing discussion I had in the comment section of an answer to a related question, I would like to know the meaning of the expression "I am the First and the Last" as ...
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Does the Holy Spirit have emotions?

Ephesians 4:30 (NRSV) says that the Holy Spirit can be grieved: And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption which is paralleled in the ...
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explain the meaning of the “menstrual cloth” in Isaiah 30:22

What is the meaning of Isaiah 30:22 from the Hebrew? Then you will desecrate your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say ...
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Where does the phrase “rule over” come from in Romans 15:12?

Romans 15:12 And again, Isaiah says, "The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope." In the original Isaiah, the phrase &...
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Isaiah 5:14 - Sheol/Hell personified as a woman?

In some English translations of Isaiah 5:14, Sheol/Hell is personified as a woman. Versions include: The King James Version: Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure.....

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