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He removed his protection from Judah.[a]
    In that day, you looked for additional weapons
    from the storehouse of the Forest of Lebanon.[b]
You discovered the many breaches in the City of David,
    and you collected water in the lower pool.[c]
10 You inspected the houses in Jerusalem
    and tore some down to fortify the wall.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 22:8 Or “He (the invading army) has taken away Judah’s covering.”
  2. Isaiah 22:8 Or “the House of the Forest,” likely a royal armory mentioned in 1 Kings 10:17. A forest is often a metaphor for humanity. See Song. 2:3; Isa. 55:12.
  3. Isaiah 22:9 Possibly the Pool of Siloam.

The Lord stripped away the defenses of Judah,
    and you looked in that day(A)
    to the weapons(B) in the Palace of the Forest.(C)
You saw that the walls of the City of David
    were broken through(D) in many places;
you stored up water
    in the Lower Pool.(E)
10 You counted the buildings in Jerusalem
    and tore down houses(F) to strengthen the wall.(G)

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