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A Rebuke to Jacob and Israel

“The Lord[a] has sent a plague[b] against Jacob,
    and it will fall on Israel;
and all of the people were evil[c]
    Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
        saying proudly with arrogant hearts:
10 ‘The bricks have fallen,
    but we will build with dressed[d] stones;
the sycamore[e] trees have been cut down,
    but we will replace them with cedars.’[f]

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  1. Isaiah 9:8 So 1QIsaa; MT reads Lord
  2. Isaiah 9:8 So LXX; MT reads word; 1QIsaa can mean plague or word.
  3. Isaiah 9:9 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read knew
  4. Isaiah 9:10 Or quarried
  5. Isaiah 9:10 The sycamore fruit tree native to Israel bears figs
  6. Isaiah 9:10 I.e. a genus of coniferous evergreen in the family Pinaceae