Verse

Isaiah 2:21

ESV to enter the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs, from before the terror of the LORD, and from the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth.
NIV They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags from the fearful presence of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.
NASB In order to go into the clefts of the rocks and the crannies of the cliffs Before the terror of the Lord and the splendor of His majesty, When He arises to terrify the earth.
CSB They will go into the caves of the rocks and the crevices in the cliffs, away from the terror of the Lord and from his majestic splendor, when he rises to terrify the earth.
NLT while they crawl away into caverns and hide among the jagged rocks in the cliffs. They will try to escape the terror of the Lord and the glory of his majesty as he rises to shake the earth.
KJV To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

What does Isaiah 2:21 mean?

This verse repeats for a third time the words of Isaiah 2:10 and Isaiah 2:19. This is the future awaiting all of God's people in Judah who have been trusting in false gods (Isaiah 2:8), great wealth (Isaiah 2:7), and military might to save them from destruction. When God's judgment falls on the day of the Lord (Ezekiel 30:3; Obadiah 1:15; Acts 2:20; 2 Peter 3:10), they will end up hiding in caves to try to escape the terror of the Lord (Isaiah 2:19; Revelation 6:15–17). Their expensive handmade idols will be left behind, confirmed worthless as they always were (Psalm 115:4–8; Habakkuk 2:18–19). Human arrogance will be brought low despite all its apparent success in the moment.
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