Isaiah 19:25

Hebrew Bible

23 At that time there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will visit Egypt, and the Egyptians will visit Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 24 At that time Israel will be the third member of the group, along with Egypt and Assyria, and will be a recipient of blessing in the earth. 25 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will pronounce a blessing over the earth, saying, “Blessed be my people, Egypt, and the work of my hands, Assyria, and my special possession, Israel!

LXX Isaiah 19:25


23 On that day there will be a way from Egypt to the Assyrians, and the Assyrians will enter Egypt, and the Egyptians will go to the Assyrians, and the Egyptians will be subject to the Assyrians. 24 On that day Israel will be third among the Assyrians and among the Egyptians, blessed in the land 25 that the Lord Sabaoth has blessed, saying, “Blessed be my people that are in Egypt and among the Assyrians, even Israel my heritage.

 Notes and References

"... According to Baer, one of the typical features of the Isaiah translation is “a nationalistic tendency towards disdain of the Gentiles and an exaltation of Israel/Judah and Jerusalem/Zion.” Of this particularistic attitude the translation gives several illustrations. The most obvious one can be found in 19:25 ... Whereas in the Hebrew, Egypt is called “my [= God’s] people,” and Assur is called “the work of my hand,” in the Greek translation the divine blessing only applies to the Israelite people ..."

Vorm-Croughs, Mirjam van der The Old Greek of Isaiah: An Analysis of its Pluses and Minuses (p. 464) Society of Biblical Literature, 2014

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