Devotions for the Poor

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3

Monday, January 23, 2006

Isaiah 14:30

And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.

1 Comments:

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Becca said...

Note on this verse in Pilgrim's Edition:

"Firstborn of the poor: The extremely poor."

Context: Ahaz, king of Judah, has just died. Isaiah is warning Palestinians (of whom Ahaz was a foe) not to rejoice because it did not mean they were home free. Why exactly the first part of this verse is meant as a threat is unclear to me, except generally such an upset in social strata means other bad things happen. Anyone have any insight on this one?

 

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