Verse

Isaiah 22:17

ESV Behold, the LORD will hurl you away violently, O you strong man. He will seize firm hold on you
NIV Beware, the LORD is about to take firm hold of you and hurl you away, you mighty man.
NASB Behold, the Lord is about to hurl you violently, you strong man. And He is about to grasp you firmly
CSB Look, you strong man! The Lord is about to shake you violently. He will take hold of you,
NLT For the Lord is about to hurl you away, mighty man. He is going to grab you,
KJV Behold, the LORD will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee.

What does Isaiah 22:17 mean?

The prophet Isaiah hands down a verdict. This is the consequence facing a high-ranking official in the court of the king of Judah. Faced with what seems like impending death due to a siege, Shebna (Isaiah 22:15–16) put his efforts into carving out an impressive tomb for himself. Instead of turning to the Lord for help, he has accepted that he will die. Instead of mourning and crying out to the Lord he is focused on leaving behind a legacy as an important man (Isaiah 22:15–16).

The Lord appears to hate this response to the invasion as much as he hates the mindless partying of those who have decided to have a good time because death is coming (Isaiah 22:12–13). Isaiah declares that God will dramatically reject Shebna. In what seems to be sarcasm, he calls Shebna a strong man. God is perhaps mocking this man's cowardice in accepting death so easily and looking to make himself important instead of repenting to the Lord.
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