31 1 He curseth them that forsake God, and seek for the help of men.
1 Woe unto them that [a]go down into Egypt for help, and stay upon horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many, and in horsemen, because they be very strong; but they look not unto the Holy one of Israel, nor [b]seek unto the Lord.
2 But he yet is [c]wisest; therefore he will bring evil, and not turn back his word, but he will arise against the house of the wicked, and against the help of them that work vanity.
3 Now the Egyptians are men and not God, and their horses flesh, and not spirit; and when the Lord shall stretch out his hand, the [d]helper shall fall, and he that is helped shall fall, and they shall altogether fail.
Isaiah 31:1There were two special causes, why the Israelites should not join amity with the Egyptians: first, because the Lord had commanded them never to return thither, Deut. 17:16 and 28:68, lest they should forget the benefit of their redemption: and secondly, lest they should be corrupted with the superstition and idolatry of the Egyptians, and so forsake God, Jer. 2:18.
Isaiah 31:1Meaning, that they forsake the Lord, that put their trust in worldly things: for they cannot trust in both.
Isaiah 31:2And knoweth their crafty enterprises, and will bring all to naught.
Isaiah 31:3Meaning, both the Egyptians and the Israelites.
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