Isaiah 14:25

ESV that I will break the Assyrian in my land, and on my mountains trample him underfoot; and his yoke shall depart from them, and his burden from their shoulder.”
NIV I will crush the Assyrian in my land; on my mountains I will trample him down. His yoke will be taken from my people, and his burden removed from their shoulders.'
NASB to break Assyria in My land, and I will trample him on My mountains. Then his yoke will be removed from them, and his burden removed from their shoulders.
CSB I will break Assyria in my land; I will tread him down on my mountain. Then his yoke will be taken from them, and his burden will be removed from their shoulders.
NLT I will break the Assyrians when they are in Israel; I will trample them on my mountains. My people will no longer be their slaves nor bow down under their heavy loads.
KJV That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.

What does Isaiah 14:25 mean?

This verse concludes a quote from the Lord which began in the previous verse (Isaiah 14:24). The Lord has declared that what He has sworn to do will absolutely happen. Now He reveals that He will "break the Assyrian" in His land. At that time, the Assyrian oppression of God's people will be lifted. This powerful nation that had put them under slavery and tyranny will be defeated.

What the Lord points forward to, through Isaiah, is likely the destruction of the Assyrian King Sennacherib's army. This destruction happened as the Assyrian army was holding Jerusalem under siege in 701 BC. In that event, the Lord directly struck down the Assyrian army: "And that night the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went home and lived at Nineveh" (2 Kings 19:35–36).
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