Isaiah 10:7

ESV But he does not so intend, and his heart does not so think; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off nations not a few;
NIV But this is not what he intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations.
NASB Yet it does not so intend, Nor does it plan so in its heart, But rather it is its purpose to destroy And to eliminate many nations.
CSB But this is not what he intends; this is not what he plans. It is his intent to destroy and to cut off many nations.
NLT But the king of Assyria will not understand that he is my tool; his mind does not work that way. His plan is simply to destroy, to cut down nation after nation.
KJV Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.

What does Isaiah 10:7 mean?

The Lord has declared that He is the one who commands the king of Assyria to crush His own people in Israel (Isaiah 10:5). The brutal, merciless Assyrian war machine is merely the weapon of the Lord's anger (Isaiah 10:6).

God clarifies that the king of Assyria doesn't know this. The Assyrians don't believe themselves to be the agent of the God of the Israelites. They have no interest in doing the Lord's bidding. The kings of the Assyrians have one motive. They seek to conquer the world, rule everyone and bring glory to themselves. The Assyrians kill for the Assyrians and nobody else. The Assyrian king believes himself to be a self-serving destroyer of many nations. He lacks the humility to believe himself merely tool in the hand of the Lord God of Israel. The same could be said of most people on earth, believers or not.
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