Isaiah 10:7
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New International Version
But this is not what he intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations.

New Living Translation
But the king of Assyria will not understand that he is my tool; his mind does not work that way. His plan is simply to destroy, to cut down nation after nation.

English Standard Version
But he does not so intend, and his heart does not so think; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off nations not a few;

New American Standard Bible
Yet it does not so intend, Nor does it plan so in its heart, But rather it is its purpose to destroy And to cut off many nations.

King James Bible
Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But this is not what he intends; this is not what he plans. It is his intent to destroy and to cut off many nations.

International Standard Version
But this is not what he intends, and this is not what he thinks in his mind; but it is in his mind to destroy, and to cut down many nations.

NET Bible
But he does not agree with this, his mind does not reason this way, for his goal is to destroy, and to eliminate many nations.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But that's not what they intend to do. Their minds don't work that way. Their purpose is to destroy and put an end to many nations.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Howbeit he shall not think like this; not even in his heart shall he imagine this way of doing things, but his thought shall be to destroy and cut off nations not a few.

King James 2000 Bible
Yet he means not so, neither does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations, not a few.

American King James Version
However, he means not so, neither does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.

American Standard Version
Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off nations not a few.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he shall not take it so, and his heart shall not think so: but his heart shall be set to destroy, and to cut off nations not a few.

Darby Bible Translation
But he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; for it is in his heart to extirpate and cut off nations not a few.

English Revised Version
Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off nations not a few.

Webster's Bible Translation
Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.

World English Bible
However he doesn't mean so, neither does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off not a few nations.

Young's Literal Translation
And he -- he thinketh not so, And his heart reckoneth not so, For -- to destroy is in his heart, And to cut off nations not a few.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:5-19 See what a change sin made. The king of Assyria, in his pride, thought to act by his own will. The tyrants of the world are tools of Providence. God designs to correct his people for their hypocrisy, and bring them nearer to him; but is that Sennacherib's design? No; he designs to gratify his own covetousness and ambition. The Assyrian boasts what great things he has done to other nations, by his own policy and power. He knows not that it is God who makes him what he is, and puts the staff into his hand. He had done all this with ease; none moved the wing, or cried as birds do when their nests are rifled. Because he conquered Samaria, he thinks Jerusalem would fall of course. It was lamentable that Jerusalem should have set up graven images, and we cannot wonder that she was excelled in them by the heathen. But is it not equally foolish for Christians to emulate the people of the world in vanities, instead of keeping to things which are their special honour? For a tool to boast, or to strive against him that formed it, would not be more out of the way, than for Sennacherib to vaunt himself against Jehovah. When God brings his people into trouble, it is to bring sin to their remembrance, and humble them, and to awaken them to a sense of their duty; this must be the fruit, even the taking away of sin. When these points are gained by the affliction, it shall be removed in mercy. This attempt upon Zion and Jerusalem should come to nothing. God will be as a fire to consume the workers of iniquity, both soul and body. The desolation should be as when a standard-bearer fainteth, and those who follow are put to confusion. Who is able to stand before this great and holy Lord God?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - Howbeit he meaneth not so. "Assyria," i.e., "does not view the matter in this light - is not aware that she is merely God's instrument in working out his will. On the contrary, it is in her heart to destroy the nations for her own advantage, and she imagines that she is doing it by her own strength."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so,.... His purposes, intentions, and thoughts, were not as the Lord's; he did not imagine that he was only the rod of his anger, and the staff of his indignation, a minister of his wrath, and the executioner of his vengeance; he thought he was his own lord and master, and acted by his own power, and according to his own will, and was not under the direction and restraints of another; his intention was not to chastise and correct the people of the Jews, but utterly to destroy them, and not them only, but many other nations; as follows:

but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations, not a few; not the nation of the Jews only, but many others, and so establish an universal monarchy; and what flushed him with hope and expectation of success were the magnificence of his princes, and the conquests he had already made.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. meaneth not so—He is only thinking of his own schemes, while God is overruling them to His purposes.

think—intend. Sinners' plans are no less culpable, though they by them unconsciously fulfil God's designs (Ps 76:10; Mic 4:12). So Joseph's brethren (Ge 50:20; Pr 16:4). The sinner's motive, not the result (which depends on God), will be the test in judgment.

heart to destroy … not a few—Sennacherib's ambition was not confined to Judea. His plan was also to conquer Egypt and Ethiopia (Isa 20:1-6; Zec 1:15).

Isaiah 10:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Judgment on Assyria
6I send it against a godless nation And commission it against the people of My fury To capture booty and to seize plunder, And to trample them down like mud in the streets. 7Yet it does not so intend, Nor does it plan so in its heart, But rather it is its purpose to destroy And to cut off many nations. 8For it says, "Are not my princes all kings?…
Cross References
Acts 2:23
This man was handed over to you by God's deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.

Acts 2:24
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

Genesis 50:20
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Isaiah 10:8
Are not my commanders all kings?' he says.

Isaiah 23:13
Look at the land of the Babylonians, this people that is now of no account! The Assyrians have made it a place for desert creatures; they raised up their siege towers, they stripped its fortresses bare and turned it into a ruin.

Ezekiel 29:20
I have given him Egypt as a reward for his efforts because he and his army did it for me, declares the Sovereign LORD.

Micah 4:11
But now many nations are gathered against you. They say, "Let her be defiled, let our eyes gloat over Zion!"

Micah 4:12
But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.

Nahum 1:11
From you, Nineveh, has one come forth who plots evil against the LORD and devises wicked plans.
Treasury of Scripture

However, he means not so, neither does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.

he meaneth

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it to …

Micah 4:11,12 Now also many nations are gathered against you, that say, Let her …

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in his heart

Isaiah 36:18-20 Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, the LORD will deliver us…

Isaiah 37:11-13 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all …

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