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Isaiah 28:11

    Isaiah 28:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Nay, but by men of'strange lips and with another tongue will he speak to this people;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    No, but with broken talk, and with a strange tongue, he will give his word to this people:

    Webster's Revision

    Nay, but by men of'strange lips and with another tongue will he speak to this people;

    World English Bible

    But he will speak to this nation with stammering lips and in another language;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Nay, but by men of strange lips and with another tongue will he speak to this people:

    Barnes' Notes on Isaiah 28:11

    For - This verse is to be understood as a response to what the complaining and dissatisfied people had said, as expressed in the previous verse. God says that he will teach them, but it should be by another tongue - a foreign language in a distant land. Since they refused to hearken to the messages which he sent to them, and which they regarded as adapted only to children, he would teach them in a manner that should be "much more" humiliating; he would make use of the barbarous language of foreigners to bring them to the true knowledge of God.

    With stammering lips - The word which is used here is derived from a verb (לעג lâ‛âg), which means to speak unintelligibly: especially to speak in a foreign language, or to stammer; and then to mock, deride, laugh at, scorn (compare Isaiah 33:19; Proverbs 1:26; Proverbs 17:5; Psalm 2:4; Psalm 59:9; Job 22:19). Here it means in a foreign or barbarous tongue; and the sense is, that the lessons which God wished to teach would be conveyed to them through the language of foreigners - the Chaldeans. They should be removed to a distant land, and there, in hearing a strange speech, in living long among foreigners, they should learn the lesson which they refused to do when addressed by the prophets in their own land.

    Wesley's Notes on Isaiah 28:11

    28:11 Another tongue - By people of a strange language, whom he shall bring among them, seeing they will not hear him speaking, by his prophets, in their own language.