Isaiah 29:20
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New International Version
The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down--

New Living Translation
The scoffer will be gone, the arrogant will disappear, and those who plot evil will be killed.

English Standard Version
For the ruthless shall come to nothing and the scoffer cease, and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off,

New American Standard Bible
For the ruthless will come to an end and the scorner will be finished, Indeed all who are intent on doing evil will be cut off;

King James Bible
For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:

Christian Standard Bible
For the ruthless one will vanish, the scorner will disappear, and all those who lie in wait with evil intent will be killed--

Contemporary English Version
All who are cruel and arrogant will be gone forever. Those who live by crime will disappear,

Good News Translation
It will be the end of those who oppress others and show contempt for God. Every sinner will be destroyed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the ruthless one will vanish, the scorner will disappear, and all those who lie in wait with evil intent will be killed--

International Standard Version
For the ruthless will vanish, and mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down—

NET Bible
For tyrants will disappear, those who taunt will vanish, and all those who love to do wrong will be eliminated--

New Heart English Bible
For the ruthless is brought to nothing, and the scoffer ceases, and all those who are alert to do evil are cut off--

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Tyrants will be gone. Mockers will be finished. All who look for ways to do wrong will come to an end:

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the terrible one is brought to nought, And the scorner ceaseth, And all they that watch for iniquity are cut off;

New American Standard 1977
For the ruthless will come to an end, and the scorner will be finished, Indeed all who are intent on doing evil will be cut off;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the violent one shall be done away with, and the scorner shall be consumed, and all those that rose early unto iniquity shall be cut off:

King James 2000 Bible
For the ruthless one is brought to nothing, and the scoffer is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:

American King James Version
For the terrible one is brought to nothing, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:

American Standard Version
For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scoffer ceaseth, and all they that watch for iniquity are cut off;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he that did prevail hath failed, the scorner is consumed, and they are all cut off that watched for iniquity:

Darby Bible Translation
For the terrible one shall come to nought, and the scorner shall be no more, and all that watch for iniquity shall be cut off,

English Revised Version
For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner ceaseth, and all they that watch for iniquity are cut off:

Webster's Bible Translation
For the terrible one is brought to naught, and the scoffer is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:

World English Bible
For the ruthless is brought to nothing, and the scoffer ceases, and all those who are alert to do evil are cut off--

Young's Literal Translation
For ceased hath the terrible one, And consumed hath been the scorner, And cut off have been all watching for iniquity,
Study Bible
Sanctification to the Godly
19The afflicted also will increase their gladness in the LORD, And the needy of mankind will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. 20For the ruthless will come to an end and the scorner will be finished, Indeed all who are intent on doing evil will be cut off; 21Who cause a person to be indicted by a word, And ensnare him who adjudicates at the gate, And defraud the one in the right with meaningless arguments.…
Cross References
Psalm 10:18
To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.

Proverbs 21:24
"Proud," "Haughty," "Scoffer," are his names, Who acts with insolent pride.

Isaiah 13:11
Thus I will punish the world for its evil And the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.

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 28:14
Therefore, hear the word of the LORD, O scoffers, Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,

Isaiah 29:5
But the multitude of your enemies will become like fine dust, And the multitude of the ruthless ones like the chaff which blows away; And it will happen instantly, suddenly.

Isaiah 59:4
No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly. They trust in confusion and speak lies; They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.

Micah 2:1
Woe to those who scheme iniquity, Who work out evil on their beds! When morning comes, they do it, For it is in the power of their hands.
Treasury of Scripture

For the terrible one is brought to nothing, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:

the terrible

Isaiah 29:5 Moreover the multitude of your strangers shall be like small dust…

Isaiah 13:3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty …

Isaiah 25:4,5 For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy …

Isaiah 49:25 But thus said the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be …

Isaiah 51:13 And forget the LORD your maker, that has stretched forth the heavens, …

Daniel 7:7,19-25 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, …

Habakkuk 1:6,7 For, see, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, …

the scorner

Isaiah 28:14-22 Why hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, that rule this people …

Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: …

Luke 23:11,35 And Herod with his men of war set him at nothing, and mocked him, …

and all

Micah 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when …

Mark 2:6,7 But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning …

Mark 3:2-6 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; …

Luke 6:7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal …

Luke 13:14-17 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because …

Luke 20:20-23 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves …

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, …

(20) The terrible one.--The word stands, as in Isaiah 29:5, for the Assyrian invader; the "scorner," for the prophet's enemies who derided his message, and sought, "watching for iniquity," to find an accusation against him.

Verse 20. - The terrible one... the scorner. "The terrible one" may be the foreign enemy, as in ver. 5, or, possibly, the native oppressor (Isaiah 1:23; Isaiah 5:93, etc.) - a still more tearful evil. "The scorner" is the godless man, who scoffs at religion (Isaiah 28:14, 22). Both classes would be "consumed" and "brought to naught" when the new state of things was established. All that watch for iniquity; i.e. "all those who, for the furtherance of their iniquitous schemes, rise up early and late take rest, and eat the bread of carefulness" (Psalm 127:2). For the terrible one is brought to nought,.... Who before was so to the people of God; meaning not Sennacherib king of Assyria, but some formidable enemy or enemies under the Gospel dispensation; as the Scribes and Pharisees, and the Jewish sanhedrim; who were "violent" (c), as it may be rendered, violent persecutors of the followers of Christ, the meek and poor before described; who were brought to nought, and their power ceased at the destruction of Jerusalem; and the Roman emperor, with all subordinate rulers and governors in the empire, who harassed the Christians in a terrible manner, but were at last brought to nought by Constantine, and their persecution ceased; and the Romish antichrist, who has been so terrible, that none could or dared oppose him; he in a little time will be brought to nought, and cease to be. The Septuagint version renders it, "the wicked one faileth"; and uses the same word (d), by which antichrist is described, 2 Thessalonians 2:8 also Satan, that terrible enemy of the saints, shall be brought to nought; first bound for a thousand years; and afterwards, being loosed, shall be taken again, and cast into the lake of fire; all which will be matter of joy to the meek and lowly:

and the scorner is consumed; the same as before, only represented under a different character; the Jew, that mocked at Christ, because of his meanness, and that of his followers, that scoffed at his doctrines and miracles; and the Gentile, that derided his cross, and the preaching of it; and antichrist, whose mouth is full of blasphemies against God, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in it:

and all that watch for iniquity are cut off; that cannot sleep unless they commit it, and seek for and take all opportunities of doing it; or watch for iniquity in others, in Christ, and the professors of his religion; or for anything they could call so, that they might have something to accuse them of, and charge them with, and a pretence to proceed against them in colour of law and justice: which has been the practice of Jews, Pagans, and Papists.

(c) "violentus", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius. (d) 20. terrible—namely, the persecutors among the Jewish nobles.

scorner—(Isa 28:14, 22).

watch for—not only commit iniquity, but watch for opportunities of committing it, and make it their whole study (see Mic 2:1; Mt 26:59; 27:1).29:17-24 The wonderful change here foretold, may refer to the affairs of Judah, though it looks further. When a great harvest of souls was gathered to Christ from among the Gentiles, then the wilderness was turned into a fruitful field; and the Jewish church, that had long been a fruitful field, became as a deserted forest. Those who, when in trouble, can truly rejoice in God, shall soon have cause greatly to rejoice in him. The grace of meekness contributes to the increase of our holy joy. The enemies who were powerful shall become mean and weak. To complete the repose of God's people, the scorners at home shall be cut off by judgements. All are apt to speak unadvisedly, and to mistake what they hear, but it is very unfair to make a man an offender for a word. They did all they could to bring those into trouble who told them of their faults. But He that redeemed Abraham out of his snares and troubles, will redeem those who are, by faith, his true seed, out of theirs. It will be the greatest comfort to godly parents to see their children renewed creatures, the work of God's grace. May those who now err in spirit, and murmur against the truth, come to understanding, and learn true doctrine. The Spirit of truth shall set right their mistakes, and lead them into all truth. This should encourage us to pray for those that have erred, and are deceived. All who murmured at the truths of God, as hard sayings, shall learn and be aware what God designed in all. See the change religion produces in the hearts of men, and the peace and pleasure of a humble and devout spirit.
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