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Isaiah 30:1

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This chapter presents the received Hebrew text of Isaiah 30:1. In the immediate context as well as in the wider setting usually preferred for this part of the book of Isaiah in general, this appears to make good sense in terms of a condemnation of Judah's policy of seeking to make an alliance with Egypt as part of the preparation for rebellion against Assyria which led eventually to the campaign of Sennacherib against Judah in 701 bce. Closer examination of the text reveals that there are several difficulties with this approach which, with only a few exceptions, have generally been glossed over by the commentators. In the first place, the syntax following the opening 'Woe!' is unparalleled. A second difficulty with the verse is the unusual use of the verb. The chapter suggests that both aspects of the problems as outlined - the unusual construction and the philological difficulties - should be solved jointly.

Keywords: book of Isaiah; Judah's policy



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