Isaiah 20

No Help from Cush or Egypt

1In the year that the chief commander, a sent by Sargon king of Assyria, came to Ashdod b and attacked and captured it – 2during that time the Lord had spoken through Isaiah c son of Amoz, saying, “Go, take off your
sackcloth: Garment made of poor quality material and worn as a sign of grief and mourning
Lit off the sackcloth from your loins
and remove the sandals from your feet,” and he did so, going naked and barefoot f
3the Lord said, “As My servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot three years as a sign and omen against Egypt and
Cush/ Cushite: The lands of the Nile in southern Egypt, including Nubia and Northern Sudan; the people who lived in that region
Cush, h
4 so the king of Assyria will lead the captives of Egypt i and the exiles of Cush, young and old alike, naked and barefoot, with bared buttocks – to Egypt’s shame. 5Those who made Cush their hope and Egypt their boast will be dismayed and ashamed. j 6And the inhabitants of this coastland will say on that day, ‘Look, this is what has happened to those we relied on and fled to for help to rescue us from the king of Assyria! Now, how will we escape?’”
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