Isaiah 10:3-4 No Place to Run, No Place to Hide

Isaiah 10:3-4 Now what will you do in the day of punishment, and in the devastation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your wealth? Nothing remains but to crouch among the captives or fall among the slain. In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away and His hand is still stretched out.

The day of punishment is a day of visitation. The Hebrew word for punishment is paquddah.

The visitation will come from afar or a distant country in the original Hebrew.

There is no place to run or hide. There will be nobody to help. Israel will be isolated as a nation.

There will be no place to store or hide their assets. As a reminder, these assets were gained illegally by Israel’s leaders. The wealth was acquired by theft. Assyria is on the verge of stealing these possessions from Israel’s leaders.

The devastation is complete. The only place to hide is among the dead or hide with the prisoners. The verse foreshadows Israel going into captivity.

The phrase His anger does not turn away and His hand is still stretched out is noted for the fourth time in Isaiah 10. The fourth judgment is coming at the hands of Assyria. The series of judgments will come to a close when completed.

The next verse identifies who the instrument of God’s judgment will be. This prophecy was fulfilled with the Assyrian captivity.

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