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Isaiah 11:15

ESV And the LORD will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt, and will wave his hand over the River with his scorching breath, and strike it into seven channels, and he will lead people across in sandals.
NIV The LORD will dry up the gulf of the Egyptian sea; with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand over the Euphrates River. He will break it up into seven streams so that anyone can cross over in sandals.
NASB And the Lord will utterly destroy The tongue of the Sea of Egypt; And He will wave His hand over the Euphrates River With His scorching wind; And He will strike it into seven streams And make people walk over in dry sandals.
CSB The Lord will divide the Gulf of Suez. He will wave his hand over the Euphrates with his mighty wind and will split it into seven streams, letting people walk through on foot.
NLT The Lord will make a dry path through the gulf of the Red Sea. He will wave his hand over the Euphrates River, sending a mighty wind to divide it into seven streams so it can easily be crossed on foot.
KJV And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.

What does Isaiah 11:15 mean?

This chapter has been describing the future kingdom of the Messiah. One aspect of this kingdom will be that the Lord will bring together all the scattered people of Israel and Judah (Isaiah 11:11–12). They will be reunited as one people under the Messiah. And as one nation they will defeat all their regional enemies. They will reclaim the Promised Land, and bring lasting peace to the region.

Now the prophet Isaiah backs up a bit to describe how the people will be able to return to the land. He pictures the Sea of Egypt, also known as the Red Sea, and the Euphrates river as obstacles. These two bodies of water stand in the way of the return of some of the Israelites. To give His people safe passage, the Lord will do something similar as when he gave them an escape route out of Egypt during the exodus.

For that reason, the Lord will destroy the "tongue", a bay or gulf, of the Red Sea. In other words, He will cause the water to disappear in some way from that body of water to make it possible to cross over. Next, the Lord will wave His hand over the great Euphrates River and use His scorching hot wind to create seven crossing points over which people can walk across even in sandals.

This is all hard to imagine, but Isaiah's point is not. The same God who freed His people during the exodus will once again free His people. And He will make a way for them to return to the Promised Land. No "impossible" obstacles will stand in His way of keeping this promise to His people.
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