Isaiah 28:6
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New International Version
He will be a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

New Living Translation
He will give a longing for justice to their judges. He will give great courage to their warriors who stand at the gates.

English Standard Version
and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

New American Standard Bible
A spirit of justice for him who sits in judgment, A strength to those who repel the onslaught at the gate.

King James Bible
And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

International Standard Version
and a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

NET Bible
He will give discernment to the one who makes judicial decisions, and strength to those who defend the city from attackers.

New Heart English Bible
and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will give a spirit of justice to those who judge. He will give strength to those who defend the city gates in battle.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, And for strength to them that turn back the battle at the gate.

New American Standard 1977
A spirit of justice for him who sits in judgment,
            A strength to those who repel the onslaught at the gate.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And for a spirit of judgment to him that sits upon the throne of judgment, and for strength to those that turn the battle to the gate.

King James 2000 Bible
And for a spirit of justice to him that sits in judgment, and for strength to them that turn back the battle at the gate.

American King James Version
And for a spirit of judgment to him that sits in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.

American Standard Version
and a spirit of justice to him that sitteth in judgment, and strength to them that turn back the battle at the gate.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and strength to them that return out of the battle to the gate.

Darby Bible Translation
and for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.

English Revised Version
and for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn back the battle at the gate.

Webster's Bible Translation
And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.

World English Bible
and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

Young's Literal Translation
And for a spirit of judgment To him who is sitting in the judgment, And for might to those turning back the battle to the gate.
Study Bible
Judgment on Ephraim
5In that day the LORD of hosts will become a beautiful crown And a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people; 6A spirit of justice for him who sits in judgment, A strength to those who repel the onslaught at the gate. 7And these also reel with wine and stagger from strong drink: The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, They are confused by wine, they stagger from strong drink; They reel while having visions, They totter when rendering judgment.…
Cross References
John 5:30
I can do nothing by Myself; I judge only as I hear. And My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

1 Kings 3:28
When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had handed down, they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.

2 Chronicles 32:6
He appointed military officers over the people and gathered them to him in the square at the city gate, and spoke encouragingly to them, saying,

Isaiah 4:4
When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning,

Isaiah 11:2
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

Isaiah 25:4
For You have been a defense for the helpless, A defense for the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of the ruthless Is like a rain storm against a wall.

Isaiah 32:15
Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fertile field, And the fertile field is considered as a forest.

Isaiah 32:16
Then justice will dwell in the wilderness And righteousness will abide in the fertile field.

Isaiah 33:5
The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
Treasury of Scripture

And for a spirit of judgment to him that sits in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.

for a spirit

Isaiah 11:2-4 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom …

Isaiah 32:15,16 Until the spirit be poured on us from on high, and the wilderness …

Genesis 41:38,39 And Pharaoh said to his servants, Can we find such a one as this …

Numbers 11:16,17 And the LORD said to Moses, Gather to me seventy men of the elders …

Numbers 27:16-18 Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over …

1 Kings 3:28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and …

Psalm 72:1-4 Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son…

Proverbs 20:8 A king that sits in the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.

John 3:34 For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not …

John 5:30 I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment …

1 Corinthians 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another …

and for strength

Deuteronomy 20:4 For the LORD your God is he that goes with you, to fight for you …

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not …

Psalm 18:32-34 It is God that girds me with strength, and makes my way perfect…

Psalm 46:1,11 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…

(6) And for a spirit of judgment . . .--The words remind us of the list of spiritual gifts in Isaiah 11:2. The injustice of corrupt judges was the crying evil of both Samaria and Jerusalem, and their place was to be taken by those who should be just and faithful. And brave warriors, able to drive back the enemy to the gate of the city from which they had issued forth (2Samuel 11:23)--or, perhaps, to defeat them at the gate of that which they attacked--should be the companions of the upright judges.

Verse 6. - For a spirit of judgment. How far Judah had departed from the spirit of just judgment was made apparent in the very opening chapter of Isaiah's prophecy (vers. 15-27). To him that sitteth in judgment; rather, that sitteth on the judgment-seat (Cheyne). For strength to them that turn the battle to the gate; i.e. "to those who repulse an enemy, and drive him back to his own city's gate" (comp. 2 Kings 18:8, "He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza "). And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment,.... That is, as the Lord would give honour and glory to the people in general, so wisdom and prudence, a spirit of judgment and discerning, to the king in particular, who sat on the throne of judgment to do justice, and execute judgment among his subjects: though this need not be restrained to the king, but be applied to all the judges and magistrates in the land, who sat and heard causes and complaints brought before them, for which they should be qualified by the Lord; so Aben Ezra interprets it of the sanhedrim:

and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate; as wisdom is promised to the king and judges of the land, so strength of body and mind, valour and courage, to the prince and his army; so that they should turn the battle, and cause their enemies to fly before them, and pursue them to the very gates of their cities, as Hezekiah did, 2 Kings 18:8. The Syriac version is, "who turn the battle from the gate"; who, when besieged, sally out upon the besiegers, and drive them from their gates, oblige them to break up the siege, and fly before them. The Vulgate Latin version renders it, "and strength to them that return from war to the gate": that come home victorious to their own houses; and so the Targum,

"that he may give victory to them that go out in war, to return them in peace to their own houses.''

Wisdom in the cabinet and courts of judicature, and courage in the camp, are two great blessings to a nation, and serve much to explain the glory and beauty before promised. 6. Jehovah will inspire their magistrates with justice, and their soldiers with strength of spirit.

turn … battle to … gate—the defenders of their country who not only repel the foe from themselves, but drive him to the gates of his own cities (2Sa 11:23; 2Ki 18:8).28:5-15 The prophet next turns to Judah, whom he calls the residue of his people. Happy are those alone, who glory in the Lord of hosts himself. Hence his people get wisdom and strength for every service and every conflict. But it is only in Christ Jesus that the holy God communicates with sinful man. And whether those that teach are drunk with wine, or intoxicated with false doctrines and notions concerning the kingdom and salvation of the Messiah, they not only err themselves, but lead multitudes astray. All places where such persons have taught are filled with errors. For our instruction in the things of God, it is needful that the same precept and the same line should be often repeated to us, that we may the better understand them. God, by his word, calls us to what is really for our advantage; the service of God is the only true rest for those weary of the service of sin, and there is no refreshment but under the easy yoke of the Lord Jesus. All this had little effect upon the people. Those who will not understand what is plain, but scorn and despise it as mean and trifling, are justly punished. If we are at peace with God, we have, in effect, made a covenant with death; whenever it comes, it cannot do us any real damage, if we are Christ's. But to think of making death our friend, while by sin we are making God our enemy, is absurd. And do not they make lies their refuge who trust in their own righteousness, or to a death-bed repentance? which is a resolution to sin no more, when it is no longer in their power to do so.
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