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Isaiah 25:7

ESV And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.
NIV On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations;
NASB And on this mountain He will destroy the covering which is over all peoples, The veil which is stretched over all nations.
CSB On this mountain he will destroy the burial shroud, the shroud over all the peoples, the sheet covering all the nations;
NLT There he will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth.
KJV And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.
NKJV And He will destroy on this mountain The surface of the covering cast over all people, And the veil that is spread over all nations.

What does Isaiah 25:7 mean?

The people of the world are pictured gathered at Mount Zion in Jerusalem. The assemble to celebrate the inauguration of the Lord as King over all the earth. The Lord has prepared a rich meal for everyone at the banquet (Isaiah 25:6).

The prophet now adds that Lord will "swallow up" in that place "the covering" that is over all peoples He is talking about a "veil" that no nation can escape. It is clear from the context of the following verses that He is talking about death (Isaiah 25:8). No matter how good any life might be, every human life ends in death. This truth blankets our existence from birth until it takes us. This is the curse brought on humanity by sin from the time of Adam in the garden:
"By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19).
When the Lord's direct reign begins, He will take away death and destroy it forever. This is because the Messiah, Jesus Christ, died to pay the death penalty for all who trust in Him. He was raised to life again, defeating death forever (1 Corinthians 15:12–57). That victory finally comes to full fruition in this moment for all of God's people. Death is defeated once and for all.
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