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11 On that day, the Lord will extend his hand a second time to restore[a] the remnant of his people from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros,[b] Ethiopia,[c] Iran,[d] Iraq,[e] Syria,[f] and the coastlands of the sea.[g]

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 11:11 God is a God of restoration, even for those who have miserably failed him.
  2. Isaiah 11:11 Possibly a loan word from Egyptian indicating the region of Upper Egypt. Pathros means “desert dryness.”
  3. Isaiah 11:11 Or “Cush,” which means “scorched” or “blackened.”
  4. Isaiah 11:11 Or “Elam,” a nation-state in the southwestern region of modern-day Iran, whose ancient capital was Susa. Elam means “hidden” or “concealed.”
  5. Isaiah 11:11 Or “Shinar (Babylonia).” Shinar means “divided land” or “divided stream.”
  6. Isaiah 11:11 Or “Hamath,” west-central Syria. Hamath means “walled-up fortress.”
  7. Isaiah 11:11 Possibly the “islands of the (Mediterranean?) sea.” These eight regions are eight areas that Christ will restore within the hearts of those who follow him. Eight is the number of a new beginning.