ISAIAH 28:15

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:”

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Isaiah 28:15 Translation & Meaning

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Because כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed Because
ye have said, אֲמַרְתֶּ֗ם To say (used with great latitude) said
We have made כָּרַ֤תְנֽוּ To cut (off, down or asunder); by implication, to destroy or consume; specifically, to covenant (i.e., make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces) made
a covenant בְרִית֙ A compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh) covenant
with אֶת Properly, nearness (used only as a preposition or an adverb), near; hence, generally, with, by, at, among, etc with
death, מָ֔וֶת Death (natural or violent); concretely, the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively, pestilence, ruin death
and with וְעִם Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) and with
hell שְׁא֖וֹל Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates hell
are we עָשִׂ֣ינוּ To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application are
at agreement; חֹזֶ֑ה A beholder in vision; also a compact (as looked upon with approval) agreement
when כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed when
the overflowing שׁ֣יֹט To gush; by implication, to inundate, cleanse; by analogy, to gallop, conquer overflowing
scourge שׁוֹטֵ֤ף A lash (literally or figuratively) scourge
shall pass through, עֲבֹר֙ To cross over; used very widely of any transition (literal or figurative; transitive, intransitive, intensive, causative); specifically, to cover (in copulation) pass through
it shall not לֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
come יְבוֹאֵ֔נוּ To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) come
unto us: for כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed unto us for
we have made שַׂ֧מְנוּ To put (used in a great variety of applications, literal, figurative, inferentially, and elliptically) made
lies כָזָ֛ב Falsehood; literally (untruth) or figuratively (idol) lies
our refuge, מַחְסֵ֖נוּ A shelter (literally or figuratively) refuge
and under falsehood וּבַשֶּׁ֥קֶר An untruth; by implication, a sham (often adverbial) under falsehood
have we hid ourselves: נִסְתָּֽרְנוּ׃ To hide (by covering), literally or figuratively hid ourselves

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  • 13  But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

  • 14  Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.

  • 15  Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

  • 16  Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

  • 17  Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.




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