No Help from Cush or Egypt
1In the year that the chief commander,20:1 2Kg 18:17 sent by King Sargon of Assyria, came to Ashdod20:1 1Sm 5:1 and attacked and captured it —
2during that time the Lord had spoken through Isaiah20:2 Mt 3:3; 12:17 son of Amoz, saying, “Go, take off your sackcloth from your waist and remove the sandals from your feet,” and he did that, going stripped and barefoot20:2 1Sm 19:24; Mc 1:8 —
3the Lord said, “As my servant Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot three years as a sign and omen against Egypt and Cush,20:3 Is 8:18
4so the king of Assyria will lead the captives of Egypt20:4 Is 19:4 and the exiles of Cush, young and old alike, stripped and barefoot, with bared buttocks — to Egypt’s shame.
5Those who made Cush their hope and Egypt their boast will be dismayed and ashamed.20:5 2Kg 18:21; Is 30:3–5; 31:1; Ezk 29:6–7
6And the inhabitants of this coastland will say on that day, ‘Look, this is what has happened to those we relied on and fled to for help to rescue us from the king of Assyria! Now, how will we escape? ’”
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