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Then the cover protecting Judah[a] was removed, and the people turned to the weapons they kept at the Forest Palace.[b]

9-11 Then you noticed how many cracks there were in the walls around the City of David, so you began collecting water from the Lower Pool.[c] You counted the houses and used stones from them to repair the walls. Then you built a pool between the double walls[d] for storing water from the Old Pool.[e]

You did all this to protect yourselves, but you did not trust the God who made all these things. You did not even notice the one who made all these things so long ago.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 22:8 cover protecting Judah This might be the wall around Jerusalem, but see Isa. 4:5-6.
  2. Isaiah 22:8 Forest Palace A part of Solomon’s palace where his weapons and wealth were stored.
  3. Isaiah 22:9 Lower Pool The pool at the southern tip of the City of David, just below the Upper Pool (the Pool of Siloam).
  4. Isaiah 22:9 pool between the double walls This is probably the Upper Pool (the Pool of Siloam).
  5. Isaiah 22:9 Old Pool Probably the pool at Gihon Spring on the eastern slopes of the city.

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