20In the year that the commander-in-chief, who was sent by King Sargon of Assyria, came to Ashdod and fought against it and took it
2at that time the Lord had spoken to Isaiah son of Amoz, saying, Go, and loose the sackcloth from your loins and take your sandals off your feet, and he had done so, walking naked and barefoot.
3Then the Lord said, Just as my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years as a sign and a portent against Egypt and Ethiopia,*
4so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians as captives and the Ethiopians* as exiles, both the young and the old, naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
5And they shall be dismayed and confounded because of Ethiopia* their hope and of Egypt their boast.
6On that day the inhabitants of this coastland will say, See, this is what has happened to those in whom we hoped and to whom we fled for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria! And we, how shall we escape?
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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10 February 2011