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1 In the
year [shaneh] that Tartan [Tartan] came [bow'] unto Ashdod ['Ashdowd],
(when Sargon [Cargown] the king [melek] of Assyria ['Ashshuwr] sent
[shalach] him,) and fought [lacham] against Ashdod ['Ashdowd],
and took [lakad] it; KJV-Interlinear
1 In the
year that the commander came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent
him and he fought against Ashdod and captured it, NASB
The futility of man placing his hopes and confidence, in the plans of man, is portrayed in this short chapter.
Isaiah will warn of the futility of joining the alliance between Ashdod and Egypt, against Assyria.
In the year, is a reference to the time about 711 B.C.
One of the generals of Sennacherib, named Tartan, 2 Kg. 18:17, also known by several names, one of which was Sargon, was sent to take the city of Ashdod.
Ashdod was a Philistine city along the coast of the Mediterranean, within the territory of Judah, but never captured by Judah.
Ashdod had a treaty with Egypt and Ethiopia, for protection against Assyria. Ethiopia was also known as Cush.
When Assyria attacked Ashdod, Egypt reneged and did not come to the aid of Ashdod.
At the time, the issue was between Assyria, the Philistines, and Egypt.
Isaiah is herein going to warn Judah against getting into the treaty between Ashdod and Egypt, against Assyria, for it would go badly against them.
Ashdod is one of the oldest of the ancient cities, Josh. 15:47, and is one of the strongest and most fortified cities in that region. Ashdod means strength. However, it fell rather quickly to the Assyrians.
So now the alarm is up and Isaiah is being called by God, to give the warning.
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