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Isaiah 30:7

    Isaiah 30:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For Egypt helpeth in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I called her Rahab that sitteth still.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For there is no use or purpose in the help of Egypt: so I have said about her, She is Rahab, who has come to an end.

    Webster's Revision

    For Egypt helpeth in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I called her Rahab that sitteth still.

    World English Bible

    For Egypt helps in vain, and to no purpose; therefore have I called her Rahab who sits still.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For Egypt helpeth in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I called her Rahab that sitteth still.

    Definitions for Isaiah 30:7

    Vain - Empty; foolish; useless.

    Clarke's Commentary on Isaiah 30:7

    Their strength is to sit still "Rahab the Inactive" - The two last words, הם שבת hem shabeth, joined into one, make the participle pihel המשבת hammeshabbeth. I find the learned Professor Doederlein, in his version of Isaiah, and note on this place, has given the same conjecture; which he speaks of as having been formerly published by him. A concurrence of different persons in the same conjecture adds to it a greater degree of probability.

    Barnes' Notes on Isaiah 30:7

    For the Egyptians shall help in vain - That is, if they enter into the alliance, they shall not be able to defend you from the invader. The other member of the sentence would seem to imply that they would make promises of aid, and would even boast of being able to deliver them, but that they would fail in their promises.

    Therefore have I cried - Therefore have I the prophet cried, that is, I do call her so.

    Concerning this - Concerning this country; that is, Egypt. Some have understood this as referring to Jerusalem, but the connection requires us to understand it of Egypt.

    Their strength is to sit still - This is evidently designed to be an expressive appellation of Egypt. The word rendered here, without much propriety, 'strength' (רהב râhab) is a proper name of Egypt, and is several times applied to it; Isaiah 51:9 :

    Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab

    And wounded the dragon?

    In this passage there can be no doubt that it refers to Egypt. So in Psalm 87:4; Psalm 89:10 (see the margin). Why it was given to Egypt is unknown, and can only be conjectured. Bochart ("Geog. Sacra," i. 4. 24) supposes that it is derived from the word ῥιβι ribi, which singifies "a pear," and that it was given to the Delta or Lower Egypt on account of its form, as somewhat resembling a pear. But there is not clear evidence that such was the meaning of the word, and there is no reason why we should forsake the usual sense of the Hebrew word. The verb רהב râhab means to urge, press on, attack Proverbs 6:3; to be highspirited, fierce, full of courage; to behave proudly Isaiah 3:5; and has, in most instances, a relation to pride, to arrogance, to boasting Job 9:13; Psalm 40:4. The noun "Rahab" indicates ferocity, haughtiness, boasting, insolence; and the name was doubtless given to Egypt on account of its insolence and pride. It is used here because Egypt would be full of self-confidence, and would boast that she could aid the suppliant Jews, and deliver them from the threatened invasion. The phrase rendered 'to sit still,' is a part of the name which the prophet gave to her. Though she boasted, yet would she sit still; she would be inefficient, and would do nothing; and the whole name, therefore, may be rendered, 'I call her, the blusterer that sitteth still;' that is, 'they are courageous in talking; cowards in acting.' (Taylor)

    Wesley's Notes on Isaiah 30:7

    30:7 To her - To Jerusalem or Judah. Sit still - It is safer and better for them to sit quietly at home, seeking to me for help.