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Isaiah 20 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

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.
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Isaiah 20 New International Version (NIV)

A Prophecy Against Egypt and Cush

20 In the year that the supreme commander, sent by Sargon king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and attacked and captured it— at that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz. He said to him, “Take off the sackcloth from your body and the sandals from your feet.” And he did so, going around stripped and barefoot.

Then the Lord said, “Just as my servant Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot for three years, as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush,[a] so the king of Assyria will lead away stripped and barefoot the Egyptian captives and Cushite exiles, young and old, with buttocks bared—to Egypt’s shame. Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and put to shame. In that day the people who live on this coast will say, ‘See what has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria! How then can we escape?’”


  1. Isaiah 20:3 That is, the upper Nile region; also in verse 5
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