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Isaiah 37:22-24 New English Translation (NET Bible)

22 this is what the Lord says about him:[a]

“‘The virgin daughter Zion[b]
despises you—she makes fun of you;
daughter Jerusalem
shakes her head after you.[c]
23 Whom have you taunted and hurled insults at?

At whom have you shouted
and looked so arrogantly?[d]
At the Holy One of Israel![e]
24 Through your messengers you taunted the Lord,[f]
“With my many chariots I climbed up
the high mountains,
the slopes of Lebanon.
I cut down its tall cedars
and its best evergreens.
I invaded its remotest regions,[g]
its thickest woods.


  1. Isaiah 37:22 tn Heb “this is the word which the Lord has spoken about him.”
  2. Isaiah 37:22 sn Zion (Jerusalem) is pictured here as a young, vulnerable daughter whose purity is being threatened by the would-be Assyrian rapist. The personification hints at the reality which the young girls of the city would face if the Assyrians conquered it.
  3. Isaiah 37:22 sn Shaking the head was a mocking gesture of derision.
  4. Isaiah 37:23 tn Heb “and lifted your eyes on high?” Cf. NIV “lifted your eyes in pride”; NRSV “haughtily lifted your eyes.”
  5. Isaiah 37:23 sn See the note on the phrase “the Holy One of Israel” in 1:4.
  6. Isaiah 37:24 tn The Hebrew term translated “Lord” here is אֲדֹנָי (ʾadonay).
  7. Isaiah 37:24 tn Heb “the height of its extremity”; ASV “its farthest height.”
New English Translation (NET)

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