Isaiah 6:12
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New International Version
until the LORD has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken.

New Living Translation
until the LORD has sent everyone away, and the entire land of Israel lies deserted.

English Standard Version
and the LORD removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.

Berean Study Bible
until the LORD has driven men far away, and the land is utterly forsaken.

New American Standard Bible
"The LORD has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.

King James Bible
And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.

Christian Standard Bible
and the LORD drives the people far away, leaving great emptiness in the land.

Contemporary English Version
and I have sent them far away, leaving their land in ruins.

Good News Translation
I will send the people far away and make the whole land desolate.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and the LORD drives the people far away, leaving great emptiness in the land.

International Standard Version
Until the LORD removes people far away, and there are many empty places in the middle of the land.

NET Bible
and the LORD has sent the people off to a distant place, and the very heart of the land is completely abandoned.

New Heart English Bible
And the LORD has removed men far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD will send his people far away, and a large area in the middle of the land will be abandoned.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD have removed men far away, And the forsaken places be many in the midst of the land.

New American Standard 1977
“The LORD has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.

Jubilee Bible 2000
until the LORD has removed men far away, and there is great solitude in the midst of the land.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD has removed men far away, and there are many forsaken places in the midst of the land.

American King James Version
And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the middle of the land.

American Standard Version
and Jehovah have removed men far away, and the forsaken places be many in the midst of the land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord shall remove men far away, and she shall be multiplied that was left in the midst of the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
and Jehovah have removed men far away, and the solitude be great in the midst of the land.

English Revised Version
and the LORD have removed men far away, and the forsaken places be many in the midst of the land.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD shall have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.

World English Bible
And Yahweh has removed men far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah hath put man far off, And great is the forsaken part in the heart of the land.
Study Bible
Isaiah's Commission
11Then I asked, “How long, O Lord?” And He replied, “Until cities lie in ruins without an inhabitant, until the houses are left unoccupied, and the land is desolate and ravaged, 12until the LORD has driven men far away, and the land is utterly forsaken. 13And though a tenth remains in the land, it will be burned again. As the terebinth and oak leave stumps when felled, so the holy seed will be a stump in the land.”…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:64
Then the LORD will scatter you among all the nations, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known.

Isaiah 5:9
I heard the LORD of Hosts declare: "Surely many houses will become desolate, great mansions left unoccupied.

Isaiah 13:12
I will make man scarcer than pure gold, and mankind rarer than the gold of Ophir.

Jeremiah 4:29
Every city flees at the sound of the horseman and archer. They enter the thickets and climb among the rocks. Every city is abandoned; no inhabitant is left.

Jeremiah 52:27
There at Riblah in the land of Hamath, The king of Babylon struck them down and put them to death. So Judah was taken into exile, away from her land.

Zephaniah 1:3
"I will sweep away man and beast; I will sweep away the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and the ruins along with the wicked. I will cut off mankind from the face of the earth," declares the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the middle of the land.

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Isaiah 26:15 You have increased the nation, O LORD, you have increased the nation: …

2 Kings 25:11,21 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the fugitives …

Jeremiah 15:4 And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth, …

Jeremiah 52:28-30 This is the people whom Nebuchadrezzar carried away captive: in the …

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Jeremiah 4:29 The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; …

Jeremiah 12:7 I have forsaken my house, I have left my heritage; I have given the …

Lamentations 5:20 Why do you forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

Romans 11:1,2,15 I say then, Has God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also …







(12) And the Lord have removed men far away.--The words point to the policy of deportation adopted by the Assyrian kings. From the first hour of Isaiah's call the thought of an exile and a return from exile was the key-note of his teaching, and of that thought thus given in germ, his whole after-work was but a development, the horizon of his vision expanding and taking in the form of another empire than the Assyrian as the instrument of punishment.

And there be a great forsaking.--Better, great shall be the deserted space. (Comp. Isaiah 5:9; Isaiah 7:22-23.) The words may have connected themselves in Isaiah's thoughts with what he had heard before from the lips of Micah (Jeremiah 26:18; Micah 3:12).

Verse 12. - And the Lord have removed men far away. The Assyrian and Babylonian policy of deportation is pointed at. Pul had attacked the kingdom of Israel ten or twelve years before Uzziah's death, and had perhaps made the Assyrian policy known, though he had allowed himself to be bought off (2 Kings 15:19, 20). And there be a great forsaking; rather, and the desolation be great; i.e. till a great portion of Judah be depopulated. And the Lord have removed men far away,.... Not to Babylon, but to the ends of the earth, into the most distant countries, by means of the Romans; for they were but instruments of carrying the Jews captive out of their own land, and dispersing them among the several nations of the world; it was the Lord's doing, and a judgment which he inflicted upon them for their sins:

and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land; not that there should be many left in the land, and multiply and increase in it; which is the sense of the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions; but that the land should be greatly forsaken of men; there should be many places in the midst of the land destitute of them; and this should continue a long time, as Kimchi observes, which therefore cannot be understood of the Babylonish captivity, but of their present one. 12. (2Ki 25:21).

forsaking—abandonment of dwellings by their inhabitants (Jer 4:29).6:9-13 God sends Isaiah to foretell the ruin of his people. Many hear the sound of God's word, but do not feel the power of it. God sometimes, in righteous judgment, gives men up to blindness of mind, because they will not receive the truth in the love of it. But no humble inquirer after Christ, need to fear this awful doom, which is a spiritual judgment on those who will still hold fast their sins. Let every one pray for the enlightening of the Holy Spirit, that he may perceive how precious are the Divine mercies, by which alone we are secured against this dreadful danger. Yet the Lord would preserve a remnant, like the tenth, holy to him. And blessed be God, he still preserves his church; however professors or visible churches may be lopped off as unfruitful, the holy seed will shoot forth, from whom all the numerous branches of righteousness shall arise.
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