Isaiah 14:27

ESV For the LORD of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?
NIV For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?
NASB For the Lord of armies has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?'
CSB The Lord of Armies himself has planned it; therefore, who can stand in its way? It is his hand that is outstretched, so who can turn it back?
NLT The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken — who can change his plans? When his hand is raised, who can stop him?'
KJV For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

What does Isaiah 14:27 mean?

With rhetorical questions, Isaiah adds to his statement that the Lord God of Israel will accomplish His purposes over all the earth (Isaiah 14:26). He asks if anyone can veto the Lord's decisions. The implied answer is that no one could do such a thing. The title the "Lord of hosts" Isaiah uses here is referring to God being in command of vast angel armies (Psalm 24:10; 148:2).

Next Isaiah asks if anyone could resist God's power once He has chosen to act. Again, the answer is that nobody can do such a thing. The Lord is too strong to be turned back from anything, let alone His purposes for the earth (Job 42:2). Isaiah means for Israel to be both comforted and challenged by this truth. Their Lord cannot be swayed or turned around (Ezekiel 24:14). He succeeds in all He does (Isaiah 14:24).
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