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12 In the
city [`iyr] is left [sha'ar] desolation
[shammah], and the gate [sha`ar] is smitten [kathath] with
destruction [sha'iyah]. KJV-Interlinear
12 Desolation is left in the city; the gates are battered into
Isaiah first mentions the city in general, and then he identifies a specific part of the city, namely the gates or entrances to the city.
In ancient days as it is today, the city identifies the community of people who live and work and trade with a certain degree of security and freedom within the confines of the city walls.
The gates to the city, provide a central place for traffic coming and going, and often times represents the public place for justice or public notices.
Desolation, often times means the absence of people. And, the gates being destroyed and no longer functioning as they should, represent the breakdown in commerce and freedom and security.
In other words, the community is destroyed and no longer functioning. There is no freedom, no protection, no security, no social order, no public services, no emergency services, and no commerce. Life, if it even exists, has ground to a halt.
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