Isaiah 25:2
New International Version
You have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified town a ruin, the foreigners' stronghold a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.

New Living Translation
You turn mighty cities into heaps of ruins. Cities with strong walls are turned to rubble. Beautiful palaces in distant lands disappear and will never be rebuilt.

English Standard Version
For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the foreigners’ palace is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.

Berean Study Bible
Indeed, You have turned the city into a heap of rubble, a fortified town into ruins; the fortress of strangers is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.

New American Standard Bible
For You have made a city into a heap, A fortified city into a ruin; A palace of strangers is a city no more, It will never be rebuilt.

King James Bible
For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

Christian Standard Bible
For you have turned the city into a pile of rocks, a fortified city, into ruins; the fortress of barbarians is no longer a city; it will never be rebuilt.

Contemporary English Version
You have destroyed the fortress of our enemies, leaving their city in ruins. Nothing in that foreign city will ever be rebuilt.

Good News Translation
You have turned cities into ruins and destroyed their fortifications. The palaces which our enemies built are gone forever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For You have turned the city into a pile of rocks, a fortified city, into ruins; the fortress of barbarians is no longer a city; it will never be rebuilt.

International Standard Version
For you have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified city into a ruin; the foreigners' citadel is no longer a city— it will never be rebuilt!

NET Bible
Indeed, you have made the city into a heap of rubble, the fortified town into a heap of ruins; the fortress of foreigners is no longer a city, it will never be rebuilt.

New Heart English Bible
For you have made a city into a heap, a fortified city into a ruin, a palace of the insolent is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You have turned cities into ruins, fortified cities into piles of rubble, and foreigners' palaces into cities that will never be rebuilt.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For Thou hast made of a city a heap, Of a fortified city a ruin; A castle of strangers to be no city, It shall never be built.

New American Standard 1977
For Thou hast made a city into a heap, A fortified city into a ruin; A palace of strangers is a city no more, It will never be rebuilt.

Jubilee Bible 2000
That thou hast turned the city into a heap; the defenced city into a ruin: the palace of strangers to not be a city; it shall never be rebuilt.

King James 2000 Bible
For you have made of a city a heap; of a fortified city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

American King James Version
For you have made of a city an heap; of a defended city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

American Standard Version
For thou hast made of a city a heap, of a fortified city a ruin, a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For thou hast made cities a heap, even cities made strong that their foundations should not fall: the city of ungodly men shall not be built for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thou hast reduced the city to a heap, the strong city to ruin, the house of strangers, to be no city, and to be no more built up for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
For thou hast made of the city a heap, of the fortified town a ruin, the palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built up.

English Revised Version
For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thou hast made of a city a heap; of a fortified city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

World English Bible
For you have made a city into a heap, a fortified city into a ruin, a palace of strangers to be no city. It will never be built.

Young's Literal Translation
For Thou didst make of a city a heap, Of a fenced city a ruin, A high place of strangers from being a city, To the age it is not built.
Study Bible
A Song of Praise for God's Favor
1O LORD, You are my God. I will exalt You; I will praise Your name. For You have worked wonders—plans formed long ago in perfect faithfulness. 2Indeed, You have turned the city into a heap of rubble, a fortified town into ruins; the fortress of strangers is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt. 3Therefore, a strong people will honor You. The cities of ruthless nations will revere You.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 13:16
And you are to gather all its plunder in the middle of the public square, and completely burn the city and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God. The city must remain a mound of ruins forever, never to be rebuilt.

Job 12:14
What He tears down cannot be rebuilt; the man He imprisons cannot be released.

Isaiah 13:22
Hyenas will howl in her fortresses and jackals in her luxurious palaces. Babylon's time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged.

Isaiah 17:1
This is an oracle concerning Damascus: "Behold, Damascus is no longer a city; it has become a heap of ruins.

Isaiah 17:3
The fortress will disappear from Ephraim, and the sovereignty from Damascus. The remnant of Aram will be like the splendor of the Israelites," declares the LORD of Hosts.

Isaiah 23:11
The LORD has stretched out His hand over the sea; He has made kingdoms tremble. He has given a command that the strongholds of Canaan be destroyed.

Isaiah 25:12
The high-walled fortress will be brought down, cast to the ground, into the dust.

Isaiah 26:5
For He has humbled those who dwell on high--He lays the lofty city low. He brings it down to the ground; He casts it into the dust.

Isaiah 27:10
For the fortified city will be deserted, a homestead abandoned and forsaken like a wilderness. There the calves will graze, and there they will lie down and strip its branches bare.

Isaiah 32:14
For the palace will be forsaken, the busy city abandoned. The hill and the watchtower will become caves forever--the delight of wild donkeys and a pasture for flocks--

Isaiah 32:19
But hail will level the forest, and the city will sink to the depths.

Isaiah 34:13
Her towers will be overgrown with thorns, her fortresses with thistles and briers. She will become a haunt for jackals, an abode for ostriches.

Isaiah 37:26
Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained it; in days of old I planned it. Now I have brought it to pass, that you should crush fortified cities into piles of rubble.

Jeremiah 9:11
"And I will make Jerusalem a heap of rubble, a haunt for jackals; and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation, without inhabitant."

Treasury of Scripture

For you have made of a city an heap; of a defended city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

for

Isaiah 25:12
And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust.

Isaiah 14:23
I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.

Isaiah 17:1
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

palace

Isaiah 13:22
And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.

Revelation 18:2,3,19
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird…







Lexicon
Indeed,
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

You have turned
שַׂ֤מְתָּ (śam·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

the city
מֵעִיר֙ (mê·‘îr)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

into a heap of rubble,
לַגָּ֔ל (lag·gāl)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1530: Something rolled, a heap of stone, dung, a spring of water

a fortified
בְצוּרָ֖ה (ḇə·ṣū·rāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1219: To cut off, make inaccessible, enclose

town
קִרְיָ֥ה (qir·yāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7151: A town, city

into ruins;
לְמַפֵּלָ֑ה (lə·map·pê·lāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4654: Something fallen, a ruin

the fortress
אַרְמ֤וֹן (’ar·mō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 759: A citadel

of strangers
זָרִים֙ (zā·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2114: To turn aside, to be a, foreigner, strange, profane, to commit adultery

[is] a city [no more];
מֵעִ֔יר (mê·‘îr)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

it will never
לְעוֹלָ֖ם (lə·‘ō·w·lām)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5769: Concealed, eternity, frequentatively, always

be rebuilt.
יִבָּנֶֽה׃ (yib·bā·neh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1129: To build
(2) Thou hast made of a city an heap.--The city spoken of as "the palace of strangers" was, probably in the prophet's thought, that which he identified with the oppressors and destroyers of his people--i.e., Nineveh or Babylon; but that city was also for him the representation of the world-power which in every age opposes itself to the righteousness of God's kingdom. The Babylon of Isaiah becomes the type of the mystical Babylon of the Apocalypse. The words as they stand expand the thought of Isaiah 24:10. (Comp. Isaiah 27:10.)

Verse 2. - Thou hast made of a city an heap. No particular city is pointed at. The prophet has in his mind the fate of all those cities which have been enemies of Jehovah and persecutors of the saints upon earth. A defended city; i.e. "a fenced, or fortified, city." A palace of strangers. As the "city" of this passage is not an individual city, so the "palace" is not an individual palace. All the palaces of those who were "strangers" to God and his covenant have ceased to be - they are whelmed in the general destruction (see Isaiah 24:20). They will never rise again out of their ruins. 25:1-5 However this might show the deliverance of the Jews out of captivity, it looked further, to the praises that should be offered up to God for Christ's victories over our spiritual enemies, and the comforts he has provided for all believers. True faith simply credits the Lord's testimony, and relies on his truth to perform his promises. As God weakens the strong who are proud and secure, so he strengthens the weak that are humble, and stay themselves upon him. God protects his people in all weathers. The Lord shelters those who trust in him from the insolence of oppressors. Their insolence is but the noise of strangers; it is like the heat of the sun scorching in the middle of the day; but where is it when the sun is set? The Lord ever was, and ever will be, the Refuge of distressed believers. Having provided them a shelter, he teaches them to flee unto it.
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