Isaiah 10:34
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New International Version
He will cut down the forest thickets with an ax; Lebanon will fall before the Mighty One.

New Living Translation
He will cut down the forest trees with an ax. Lebanon will fall to the Mighty One.

English Standard Version
He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an axe, and Lebanon will fall by the Majestic One.

New American Standard Bible
He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an iron axe, And Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.

King James Bible
And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He is clearing the thickets of the forest with an ax, and Lebanon with its majesty will fall.

International Standard Version
He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an ax, and Lebanon will fall by the Majestic One."

NET Bible
The thickets of the forest will be chopped down with an ax, and mighty Lebanon will fall.

New Heart English Bible
He will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will cut down the underbrush of the forest with an ax. Lebanon will fall in front of the Mighty One.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And He shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, And Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.

New American Standard 1977
And He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an iron axe,
            And Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.



Jubilee Bible 2000
And he shall cut down the thickness of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by force.

King James 2000 Bible
And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall before the mighty one.

American King James Version
And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.

American Standard Version
And he will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the thickets of the forest shall be cut down with iron, and Libanus with its high ones shall fall.

Darby Bible Translation
and he shall make clearings in the thickets of the forest with iron; and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.

English Revised Version
And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he shall cut down the thickets of the forests with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.

World English Bible
He will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.

Young's Literal Translation
And He hath gone round the thickets of the forest with iron, And Lebanon by a mighty one falleth!

Study Bible
A Remnant of Israel Shall Return
33Behold, the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will lop off the boughs with a terrible crash; Those also who are tall in stature will be cut down And those who are lofty will be abased. 34He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an iron axe, And Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.
Cross References
Isaiah 2:13
And it will be against all the cedars of Lebanon that are lofty and lifted up, Against all the oaks of Bashan,

Isaiah 10:18
And He will destroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitful garden, both soul and body, And it will be as when a sick man wastes away.

Isaiah 33:9
The land mourns and pines away, Lebanon is shamed and withers; Sharon is like a desert plain, And Bashan and Carmel lose their foliage.

Isaiah 37:24
"Through your servants you have reproached the Lord, And you have said, 'With my many chariots I came up to the heights of the mountains, To the remotest parts of Lebanon; And I cut down its tall cedars and its choice cypresses. And I will go to its highest peak, its thickest forest.

Jeremiah 22:7
"For I will set apart destroyers against you, Each with his weapons; And they will cut down your choicest cedars And throw them on the fire.

Ezekiel 31:3
Behold, Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon With beautiful branches and forest shade, And very high, And its top was among the clouds.
Treasury of Scripture

And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.

cut down

Isaiah 10:18 And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, …

Isaiah 37:24 By your servants have you reproached the Lord, and have said, By …

Jeremiah 22:7 And I will prepare destroyers against you, every one with his weapons: …

Jeremiah 46:22,23 The voice thereof shall go like a serpent; for they shall march with …

Jeremiah 48:2 There shall be no more praise of Moab: in Heshbon they have devised …

Nahum 1:12 Thus said the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet …

Lebanon

Zechariah 11:1,2 Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedars…

by a mighty one. or, mightily

Isaiah 31:8 Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; …

Isaiah 37:36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the …

Psalm 103:20 Bless the LORD, you his angels, that excel in strength, that do his …

Daniel 4:13,14,23 I saw in the visions of my head on my bed, and, behold, a watcher …

2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall …

2 Peter 2:11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing …

Revelation 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with …

Revelation 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast …

Verse 34. - He shall cut down; or, one shall eat down; Jehovah being, no doubt, intended. Lebanon (comp. Ezekiel 31:3, "Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon"). Here the comparison is enlarged, and Assyria appears as Lebanon itself with all its cedar woods. By a mighty one; rather, a glorious one (comp. Isaiah 33:21, where the word here used - adir - is an epithet of Jehovah).



And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron,.... The multitude of the common soldiers, the whole body of the army, by means of one of his angels, that excel in strength, for which he is compared to "iron"; and which is explained in the next clause:

and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one; the Assyrian army is compared to the forest of Lebanon, for the multitude of trees in it, and the tallness of its cedars, it abounding not only with common soldiers, but with great men; so it is compared to a forest, and to Carmel, or a fruitful field, in Isaiah 10:18 and the Assyrian monarch is said to be a cedar in Lebanon, Ezekiel 31:3 which fell by the hands of one of the mighty angels, 2 Kings 19:35 some, because of this last clause, think that this and the preceding verse Isaiah 10:33 are to be understood of the calamities that should come upon the Jews, at the time of the Babylonish captivity; for though Sennacherib should stop at Nob; and proceed no further, however should not be able to take Jerusalem, yet hereafter a successor of his should; and, according to this sense, by the "bough" lopped may be meant Jeconiah, or Zedekiah king of Judah; by the "high ones of stature", and the "haughty" ones, his children, the princes of the blood, and the nobles of the land; and by the "thickets of the forest", the common people, who were either killed or carried captive; and by Lebanon, the temple, Zechariah 11:1 and by the "mighty one", Nebuchadnezzar that burnt it. And some of the ancient Jews interpret this last clause of the destruction of the temple by Vespasian; they observe upon this passage in one place (m), there is no mighty one but a king, as in Jeremiah 30:21 and there is no Lebanon but the house of the sanctuary, according to Deuteronomy 3:25 wherefore when a certain Jew saluted Vespasian as a king, and he replied that he was no king, the Jew made answer, if thou art not a king, thou shall be one; for this house (meaning the temple) shall not be destroyed but by the hands of a king, as it is said, "and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one" (n).

(m) T. Bab. Gittin, fol. 56. 2.((n) Midrash Echa Rabbati, fol 46. 4. 34. This verse and Isa 10:33 describe the sudden arrest and overthrow of Sennacherib in the height of his success; Isa 10:18, 19; Eze 31:3, 14, etc., contain the same image; "Lebanon" and its forest are the Assyrian army; the "iron" axe that fells the forest refers to the stroke which destroyed the one hundred and eighty-five thousand Assyrians (2Ki 19:35). The "Mighty One" is Jehovah (Isa 10:21; Isa 9:6). 10:20-34 By our afflictions we may learn not to make creatures our confidence. Those only can with comfort stay upon God, who return to him in truth, not in pretence and profession only. God will justly bring this wasting away on a provoking people, but will graciously set bounds to it. It is against the mind and will of God, that his people, whatever happens, should give way to fear. God's anger against his people is but for a moment; and when that is turned from us, we need not fear the fury of man. The rod with which he corrected his people, shall not only be laid aside, but thrown into the fire. To encourage God's people, the prophet puts them in mind of what God had formerly done against the enemies of his church. God's people shall be delivered from the Assyrians. Some think it looks to the deliverance of the Jews out of their captivity; and further yet, to the redemption of believers from the tyranny of sin and Satan. And this, because of the anointing; for his people Israel's sake, the believers among them that had received the unction of Divine grace. And for the sake of the Messiah, the Anointed of God. Here is, ver. 28-34, a prophetical description of Sennacherib's march towards Jerusalem, when he threatened to destroy that city. Then the Lord, in whom Hezekiah trusted, cut down his army like the hewing of a forest. Let us apply what is here written, to like matters in other ages of the church of Christ. Because of the anointing of our great Redeemer, the yoke of every antichrist must be broken from off his church: and if our souls partake of the unction of the Holy Spirit, complete and eternal deliverances will be secured to us.
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