Verse

Isaiah 10:31

ESV Madmenah is in flight; the inhabitants of Gebim flee for safety.
NIV Madmenah is in flight; the people of Gebim take cover.
NASB Madmenah has fled. The inhabitants of Gebim have sought refuge.
CSB Madmenah has fled. The inhabitants of Gebim have sought refuge.
NLT There go the people of Madmenah, all fleeing. The citizens of Gebim are trying to hide.
KJV Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.

What does Isaiah 10:31 mean?

It is unclear now where the towns of Madmenah and Gebim once sat. Isaiah describes the people of those towns as running for their lives from the nearby invaders on their way to attack Jerusalem. The picture is of a powerful, fast-moving army, leaving destruction in their wake as they march relentlessly toward Israel's capital (Isaiah 10:28–30).

Isaiah picked up the army's route to the north, at the town of Aiath, and followed its progress to Michmash (Isaiah 10:28). Next the path takes them over the pass to Geba and south to Anathoth (Isaiah 10:29–30), just outside of Jerusalem. Soon the army will be close enough to see the city and shake their fists at the people inside those imposing walls.
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