Isaiah 5:16

ESV But the LORD of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness.
NIV But the LORD Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will be proved holy by his righteous acts.
NASB But the Lord of armies will be exalted in judgment, And the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness.
CSB But the Lord of Armies is exalted by his justice, and the holy God demonstrates his holiness through his righteousness.
NLT But the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will be exalted by his justice. The holiness of God will be displayed by his righteousness.
KJV But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.

What does Isaiah 5:16 mean?

The people have had their pride pummeled into the ground. The self-deluded, self-exaltation of the people of Judah will come to a sudden and violent end. No more living for acquisition or partying or the praise of their peers (Isaiah 5:8–12). All will be stripped away, leaving only forced humility at the hand of God (Isaiah 5:13–15).

The Lord will not be humbled, even as His people are carried off to Babylon (2 Kings 24:14). He will be raised up. God will prove His ability to follow through on His promise: He will judge the wickedness of His people and hold them accountable for their sinfulness. He will show that He has not ignored Israel's defiance against Him. He has not stopped being holy because His people have given their hearts to false gods and immorality (Isaiah 2:8). The judgment He will bring will establish once again that the righteous God of Israel is holy and demands holiness from His people.
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