New English Translation
11 Proud men will be brought low,
arrogant men will be humiliated;[a]
the Lord alone will be exalted[b]
in that day.
12 Indeed, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has planned a day of judgment,[c]
for[d] all the high and mighty,
for all who are proud—they will be humiliated;
13 for all the cedars of Lebanon,
that are so high and mighty,
for all the oaks of Bashan;[e]
- Isaiah 2:11 tn Heb “and the eyes of the pride of men will be brought low, and the arrogance of men will be brought down.” The repetition of the verbs שָׁפַל (shafal) and שָׁחָח (shakhakh) from v. 9 draws attention to the appropriate nature of the judgment. Those proud men who “bow low” before idols will be forced to “bow low” before God when he judges their sin.
- Isaiah 2:11 tn Or “elevated”; CEV “honored.”
- Isaiah 2:12 tn Heb “indeed [or “for”] the Lord of Heaven’s Armies [traditionally, “the Lord of hosts”] has a day.”
- Isaiah 2:12 tn Or “against” (NAB, NASB, NRSV).
- Isaiah 2:13 sn The cedars of Lebanon and oaks of Bashan were well-known for their size and prominence. They make apt symbols here for powerful men who think of themselves as prominent and secure.