Isaiah 5:17

ESV Then shall the lambs graze as in their pasture, and nomads shall eat among the ruins of the rich.
NIV Then sheep will graze as in their own pasture; lambs will feed among the ruins of the rich.
NASB Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture, And strangers will eat in the ruins of the wealthy.
CSB Lambs will graze as if in their own pastures, and resident aliens will eat among the ruins of the rich.
NLT In that day lambs will find good pastures, and fattened sheep and young goats will feed among the ruins.
KJV Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.

What does Isaiah 5:17 mean?

The people of Jerusalem and Judah have been living only for themselves and ignoring the deeds the Lord (Isaiah 5:12). They have become so wrapped up in themselves that they have stopped being impressed with God. Isaiah's prophecy warns that this season will not last. The Lord will bring judgment. Those not swallowed up by death (Isaiah 5:14) will be carried off into exile (Isaiah 5:13).

Now Isaiah describes the scene after the invasions are over. The beautiful houses and the feasting halls have been reduced to ruins. Lambs quietly graze in these formerly busy spots, as if in a pasture. Those who have escaped the exile will hunt and eat around the ashes of the former homes of the rich. The frenzied, ungodly pace will be brought to a halt, made silent, and replaced with quiet.
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