Isaiah 14:32
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New International Version
What answer shall be given to the envoys of that nation? "The LORD has established Zion, and in her his afflicted people will find refuge."

New Living Translation
What should we tell the Philistine messengers? Tell them, "The LORD has built Jerusalem; its walls will give refuge to his oppressed people."

English Standard Version
What will one answer the messengers of the nation? “The LORD has founded Zion, and in her the afflicted of his people find refuge.”

Berean Study Bible
What answer will be given to the envoys of that nation? “The LORD has founded Zion, where His afflicted people will find refuge.”

New American Standard Bible
"How then will one answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD has founded Zion, And the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it."

King James Bible
What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.

Christian Standard Bible
What answer will be given to the messengers from that nation? The LORD has founded Zion, and his oppressed people find refuge in her.

Contemporary English Version
If a messenger comes from a distant nation, you must say: "The LORD built Zion. Even the poorest of his people will find safety there."

Good News Translation
How shall we answer the messengers that come to us from Philistia? We will tell them that the LORD has established Zion and that his suffering people will find safety there.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What answer will be given to the messengers from that nation? The LORD has founded Zion, and His afflicted people find refuge in her.

International Standard Version
How will they answer the messengers of the nation? "The LORD has founded Zion, and in it the afflicted among his people will find refuge."

NET Bible
How will they respond to the messengers of this nation? Indeed, the LORD has made Zion secure; the oppressed among his people will find safety in her.

New Heart English Bible
What will they say to the kings of the nation? That the LORD has founded Zion, and in her the afflicted of his people will take refuge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How should we answer the messengers from the nations? [Tell them that] the LORD has laid Zion's foundation, and his humble people will find refuge in it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
What then shall one answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, And in her shall the afflicted of His people take refuge.

New American Standard 1977
“How then will one answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD has founded Zion, And the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
What shall one then answer the messengers of the Gentiles? That the LORD has founded Zion, and in her the afflicted of his people shall have confidence.

King James 2000 Bible
What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD has founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.

American King James Version
What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD has founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.

American Standard Version
What then shall one answer the messengers of the nation? That Jehovah hath founded Zion, and in her shall the afflicted of his people take refuge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And what shall be answered to the messengers of the nations? That the Lord hath founded Sion, and the poor of his people shall hope in him.

Darby Bible Translation
And what shall be answered to the messengers of the nation? That Jehovah hath founded Zion, and the afflicted of his people find refuge in it.

English Revised Version
What then shall one answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, and in her shall the afflicted of his people take refuge.

Webster's Bible Translation
What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.

World English Bible
What will they answer the messengers of the nation? That Yahweh has founded Zion, and in her the afflicted of his people will take refuge.

Young's Literal Translation
And what doth one answer the messengers of a nation? 'That Jehovah hath founded Zion, And in it do the poor of His people trust!'
Study Bible
Philistia will be Destroyed
31Wail, O gate! Cry out, O city! Melt away, all you Philistines! For a cloud of smoke comes from the north, and there are no stragglers in its ranks. 32What answer will be given to the envoys of that nation? “The LORD has founded Zion, where His afflicted people will find refuge.”
Cross References
Hebrews 11:10
For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

James 2:5
Listen, my beloved brothers: Has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love Him?

Psalm 87:1
A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song. His foundation is on the holy mountains.

Psalm 87:5
And it will be said of Zion: "This one and that one were born in her, and The Most High Himself will establish her."

Psalm 102:16
for the LORD will rebuild Zion; He has appeared in His glory.

Isaiah 4:6
a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and the rain.

Isaiah 25:4
For You have been a refuge for the poor, a stronghold for the needy in distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like rain against a wall,

Isaiah 28:16
So this is what the Lord GOD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; the one who believes will never be shaken.

Isaiah 29:19
The humble will increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 37:9
Now Sennacherib had received a report that Tirhakah king of Cush had set out to fight against him. So when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah with the order:

Isaiah 44:28
who says of Cyrus, 'My shepherd will fulfill all that I desire,' who says of Jerusalem, 'She will be rebuilt,' and of the temple, 'Let its foundation be laid.'"

Isaiah 54:11
"O afflicted city, lashed by storms, without solace, surely I will set your stones in antimony and lay your foundations with sapphires.

Isaiah 57:13
When you cry out, let your companies of idols deliver you! Yet the wind will carry off all of them, a breath will take them away. But he who seeks refuge in Me will inherit the land and possess My holy mountain."

Ezekiel 48:35
The perimeter of the city will be 18,000 cubits , and the name of the city from that day on will be: THE LORD IS THERE."

Zephaniah 3:12
But I will leave within you a meek and humble people, and they will trust in the name of the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD has founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.

shall one

Isaiah 39:1 At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, …

2 Samuel 8:10 Then Toi sent Joram his son to king David, to salute him, and to …

2 Kings 20:12 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, …

the Lord

Isaiah 12:6 Cry out and shout, you inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy …

Isaiah 37:32 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape …

Psalm 87:1,6 His foundation is in the holy mountains…

Psalm 102:16,28 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory…

Psalm 132:13,14 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation…

Matthew 16:18 And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will …

and the

Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with …

Isaiah 25:4 For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy …

Zephaniah 3:12 I will also leave in the middle of you an afflicted and poor people, …

Zechariah 11:7,11 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

trust in it. or, betake themselves unto it

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.

Matthew 24:15,16 When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken …

Hebrews 12:22 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, …

(32) What shall one then answer . . .?--The words obviously imply that the prophet either had received, or expected to receive, a message of inquiry from the Philistines, and that this is his answer. It seems not improbable, indeed, that the series of prophecies that follow were delivered in answer to such inquiries. The fame of the prophet had spread beyond the confines of Israel, and men of different nations came to Jerusalem to consult him. So Jeremiah's oracles are delivered to the ambassadors who came to propose an alliance against Nebuchadnezzar in the time of Zedekiah (Jeremiah 27:3). Commonly, however, the words are referred to the embassies of congratulation, which came with plans of new alliances after the destruction of Sennacherib's army (2Chronicles 32:23).

That the Lord hath founded Zion.--This is the answer to all such inquiries. Zion stands firm and safe in the protection of Jehovah. The "poor" (obviously those of Isaiah 14:30) shall trust (better, shall find refuge) in it. (Comp. Isaiah 28:16.) They need no foreign alliances, no arm of flesh.

Verse 32. - What shall one then answer, etc.? What answer shall be made to the Philistine ambassadors, when they come to Jerusalem and entreat for aid? Simply this - that God has founded and will protect Zion, and that the poor and weak among God's people - whether Jews or Philistines - had better betake themselves to the shelter of the "city of the great King."



What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation?.... Or nations, of any of the nations. Not the messengers sent to Hezekiah, Isaiah 39:1 but rather such as were sent to him, to congratulate him upon his victory over the Philistines; or any others that were sent, and came from other nations, that inquired about these matters, and the answer returned is,

That the Lord hath founded Zion; and not Hezekiah; he had given his people victory over their enemies, and protected, defended, and established them, and therefore ought to have all the glory:

and the poor of his people shall trust in it; or, "betake themselves to it"; as to a place of safety, being founded by the Lord, and under his protection. So the church of God, which often goes by the name of Zion in Scripture, is of his founding; he has laid Christ as the foundation of it, and such as are sensible of their spiritual poverty, misery, and danger, trust in him; not in Zion, but in the foundation God has laid in Zion, or built his church upon. 32. messengers of the nation—When messengers come from Philistia to enquire as to the state of Judea, the reply shall be, that the Lord … (Ps 87:1, 5; 102:16).

poor—(Zep 3:12). 14:28-32 Assurance is given of the destruction of the Philistines and their power, by famine and war. Hezekiah would be more terrible to them than Uzziah had been. Instead of rejoicing, there would be lamentation, for the whole land would be ruined. Such destruction will come upon the proud and rebellious, but the Lord founded Zion for a refuge to poor sinners, who flee from the wrath to come, and trust in his mercy through Christ Jesus. Let us tell all around of our comforts and security, and exhort them to seek the same refuge and salvation.
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