mocked for seeking prophecies and guidancefrom their gods and idols, and for divinationand necromancy to forestall their doom(19:1-3). In contrast to the true oracles of Yahweh, these false oracles can only bringthem “a spirit of confusion” (19:14).On the other hand, there is a hopeful prophetic vision for Egypt’s future as well.“At that time gifts will be brought to Yahwehof the Armies [from Egypt] ... to the place of the name of the Yahweh of Armies on MountZion” (18:7). The “place of the name of Yahweh” (
y MEv MwøqVm
), a technical epithet for the temple.
is on MountZion (18:7), which inIsaiah is generallyanother epithet for thetemple.
But therelationship betweenEgypt and Yahweh will become much more thanmerely occasional tributesent to the temple.According to Isaiah,Yahweh will become thegod of Egypt (19:18-25,ESV).18 In that day there will be five cities inthe land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORDof hosts. One of these will be called the Cityof the Sun.
19 In that day there will be an
to theLORD in the midst of the land of Egypt,and a
to the LORD at its border. 20 Itwill be a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they [theEgyptians] cry to the LORD because of
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Ex 20:24, Dt 12:5, 12:11, 12:21, 14:23, 16:2, 16:6, 16:11, 26:2; 1 Kg 5:5, 8:20, 8:29, 8:43; 2Chr 6:20, 6:26, Neh 1:9, Jer 7:14.
Mount Zion is the Temple Mount, not Jerusalem as a whole as can be seen in Isa 10:32 and24:23
Probably Heliopolis; its ruins can still be seen in the northeastern suburbs of Cairo. Itcontained the great temple to the supreme Egyptian sun-god Ammon-Re; thus Isaiah is heresaying Yahweh will be worshipped in place of the Egyptian high-god.