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Isaiah 10:6-8 New English Translation (NET Bible)

I sent him[a] against a godless[b] nation,
I ordered him to attack the people with whom I was angry,[c]
to take plunder and to carry away loot,
to trample them down[d] like dirt in the streets.
But he does not agree with this;
his mind does not reason this way,[e]
for his goal is to destroy,
and to eliminate many nations.[f]
Indeed,[g] he says:
‘Are not my officials all kings?


  1. Isaiah 10:6 sn Throughout this section singular forms are used to refer to Assyria; perhaps the king of Assyria is in view (see v. 12).
  2. Isaiah 10:6 tn Or “defiled”; cf. ASV “profane”; NAB “impious”; NCV “separated from God.”
  3. Isaiah 10:6 tn Heb “and against the people of my anger I ordered him.”
  4. Isaiah 10:6 tn Heb “to make it [i.e., the people] a trampled place.”
  5. Isaiah 10:7 tn Heb “but he, not so does he intend, and his heart, not so does it think.”
  6. Isaiah 10:7 tn Heb “for to destroy [is] in his heart, and to cut off nations, not a few.”
  7. Isaiah 10:8 tn Or “For” (KJV, ASV, NASB, NRSV).
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