Isaiah 2:13
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New International Version
for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty, and all the oaks of Bashan,

New Living Translation
He will cut down the tall cedars of Lebanon and all the mighty oaks of Bashan.

English Standard Version
against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up; and against all the oaks of Bashan;

New American Standard Bible
And it will be against all the cedars of Lebanon that are lofty and lifted up, Against all the oaks of Bashan,

King James Bible
And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up, against all the oaks of Bashan,

International Standard Version
He will take his stand against all the cedars of Lebanon, against the proud and self-exalting; and against all the oaks of Bashan;

NET Bible
for all the cedars of Lebanon, that are so high and mighty, for all the oaks of Bashan;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
against all the towering and mighty cedars of Lebanon and all the oaks of Bashan,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

King James 2000 Bible
And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

American King James Version
And on all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and on all the oaks of Bashan,

American Standard Version
and upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And upon all the tall and lofty cedars of Libanus, and upon all the oaks of Basan.

Darby Bible Translation
and upon all the cedars of Lebanon, high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan;

English Revised Version
and upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan;

Webster's Bible Translation
And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

World English Bible
For all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, for all the oaks of Bashan,

Young's Literal Translation
And for all cedars of Lebanon, The high and the exalted ones, And for all oaks of Bashan,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:10-22 The taking of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans seems first meant here, when idolatry among the Jews was done away; but our thoughts are led forward to the destruction of all the enemies of Christ. It is folly for those who are pursued by the wrath of God, to think to hide or shelter themselves from it. The shaking of the earth will be terrible to those who set their affections on things of the earth. Men's haughtiness will be brought down, either by the grace of God convincing them of the evil of pride, or by the providence of God depriving them of all the things they were proud of. The day of the Lord shall be upon those things in which they put their confidence. Those who will not be reasoned out of their sins, sooner or later shall be frightened out of them. Covetous men make money their god; but the time will come when they will feel it as much their burden. This whole passage may be applied to the case of an awakened sinner, ready to leave all that his soul may be saved. The Jews were prone to rely on their heathen neighbours; but they are here called upon to cease from depending on mortal man. We are all prone to the same sin. Then let not man be your fear, let not him be your hope; but let your hope be in the Lord your God. Let us make this our great concern.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Upon all the cedars of Lebanon. It is usual to take this metaphorically; and no doubt men are often compared to trees in Scripture (Psalm 1:3; Jeremiah 17:8; Job 8:16, 17), and "cedars of Lebanon" especially are symbols of the great and proud ones (Ezekiel 31:3). But it has been well observed that either all the details of the description in the text must be taken literally, or all of them metaphorically, and that the mention of such objects as "ships of Tarshish" and "pleasant pictures" pleads strongly for a literal interpretation. The day of the Lord was upon the cedars when Sennacherib "with chariots upon chariots came up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof" (Isaiah 37:24); and similar devastation accompanied, it is probable, the other invasions of the Assyrians (see 'Ancient Monarchies,' vol. 1. pp. 474, 475). Upon all the oaks of Bashan. The "oaks of Bashan" are celebrated also by Ezekiel (Ezekiel 27:6) and by Zechariah (Zechariah 11:2). It is quite likely that the Assyrians cut timber in Bashan, as they did in Lebanon and Amanus.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up,.... That is, upon the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication with Babylon, and will join with the beast and false prophet in making war with the Lamb. So the Targum, Jarchi, and Kimchi, interpret it of the kings of the nations, mighty and strong:

and upon all the oaks of Bashan; nobles, princes, governors of provinces, as the same writers explain the words, oaks being inferior to cedars: the day of the Lord will be upon these, and their destruction come on at the battle of Armageddon, Revelation 19:18.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. cedars … oaks—image for haughty nobles and princes (Am 2:9; Zec 11:1, 2; compare Re 19:18-21).

Bashan—east of Jordan, north of the river Jabbok, famous for fine oaks, pasture, and cattle. Perhaps in "oaks" there is reference to their idolatry (Isa 1:29).

Isaiah 2:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Day of the Reckoning
12For the LORD of hosts will have a day of reckoning Against everyone who is proud and lofty And against everyone who is lifted up, That he may be abased. 13And it will be against all the cedars of Lebanon that are lofty and lifted up, Against all the oaks of Bashan, 14Against all the lofty mountains, Against all the hills that are lifted up,…
Cross References
Psalm 29:5
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

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

Isaiah 33:9
The land dries up and wastes away, Lebanon is ashamed and withers; Sharon is like the Arabah, and Bashan and Carmel drop their leaves.

Ezekiel 27:6
Of oaks from Bashan they made your oars; of cypress wood from the coasts of Cyprus they made your deck, adorned with ivory.

Zechariah 11:2
Wail, you juniper, for the cedar has fallen; the stately trees are ruined! Wail, oaks of Bashan; the dense forest has been cut down!
Treasury of Scripture

And on all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and on all the oaks of Bashan,

Isaiah 10:33,34 Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: …

Isaiah 14:8 Yes, the fir trees rejoice at you, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, …

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

Ezekiel 31:3-12 Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and …

Amos 2:5 But I will send a fire on Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.

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

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