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21 so they themselves can go into the crevices of the rocky cliffs
and the openings under the rocky overhangs,[a]
trying to escape the dreadful judgment of the Lord[b]
and his royal splendor,
when he rises up to terrify the earth.[c]

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  1. Isaiah 2:21 sn The precise point of vv. 20-21 is not entirely clear. Are they taking the idols into their hiding places with them because they are so attached to their man-made images? Or are they discarding the idols along the way as they retreat into the darkest places they can find? In either case it is obvious that the gods are incapable of helping them.
  2. Isaiah 2:21 tn Heb “from the dread of the Lord,” that is, from the dread that he produces in the objects of his judgment.” The words “trying to escape” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.
  3. Isaiah 2:21 tn Or “land.” It is not certain if these verses are describing the judgment of Judah (see vv. 6-9) or a more universal judgment on all proud men. Almost all English versions translate “earth,” taking this to refer to universal judgment.