20 2 The three years captivity of Egypt and Ethiopia described by the three years going naked of Isaiah.

In the year that [a]Tartan came to [b]Ashdod, (when [c]Sargon king of Assyria sent him) and had fought against Ashdod, and taken it,

At the same time spake the Lord by the hand of Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go, and loose the [d]sackcloth from thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.

And the Lord said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years as a sign and wonder upon Egypt, and Ethiopia,

So shall the king of Assyria take away the captivity of Egypt, and the captivity of Ethiopia, both young men and old men, naked and barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.

And they shall fear, and be ashamed of [e]Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their [f]glory.

Then shall the inhabitants of this [g]isle say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria, and how shall we be delivered?


  1. Isaiah 20:1 Who was captain of Sennacherib, 2 Kings 18:17.
  2. Isaiah 20:1 A city of the Philistines.
  3. Isaiah 20:1 The Hebrews write that Sennacherib was so called.
  4. Isaiah 20:2 Which signifieth that the Prophet did lament the misery that he saw prepared, before the three years that he went naked and barefooted.
  5. Isaiah 20:5 In whose aid they trusted.
  6. Isaiah 20:5 Of whom they boasted and gloried.
  7. Isaiah 20:6 Meaning, Judea, which was compassed about with their enemies, as an isle with waters.