ISAIAH 2:20

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;”

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Isaiah 2:20 Translation & Meaning

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In that הַהוּא֙ He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are In that
day בַּיּ֤וֹם A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) day
a man הָאָדָ֔ם Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) man
shall cast יַשְׁלִ֣יךְ To throw out, down or away (literally or figuratively) cast
his idols אֱלִילֵ֣י Good for nothing, by analogy vain or vanity; specifically an idol idols
of silver, כַסְפּ֔וֹ Silver (from its pale color); by implication, money silver
and his idols אֱלִילֵ֣י Good for nothing, by analogy vain or vanity; specifically an idol idols
of gold, זְהָב֑וֹ Gold, figuratively, something gold-colored (i.e., yellow), as oil, a clear sky gold
which אֲשֶׁ֤ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
they made himself עָֽשׂוּ To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application made himself
each one (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
for to worship, לְהִֽשְׁתַּחֲוֹ֔ת To depress, i.e., prostrate (especially reflexive, in homage to royalty or God) worship
to the moles לַחְפֹּ֥ר A burrower, i.e., probably a rat moles
and to the bats; וְלָעֲטַלֵּפִֽים׃ A bat bats

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  • 18  And the idols he shall utterly abolish.

  • 19  And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

  • 20  In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;

  • 21  To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

  • 22  Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?




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