Isaiah 20 – Skeptic's Annotated Bible answered

A response and reply to the notes on Isaiah 20 in the Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB).

King James Version

SAB comment

My comment

1 In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;

2 At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.

(20:2-5) God tells Isaiah to take off all his clothes and to wander about naked for three years as a "sign and a wonder." In this way he will be just like the Egyptian captives who will walk about naked "with their buttocks uncovered."
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The author of the SAB reads here for “naked” as “without any piece of clothing”. But that is incorrect. In the Bible naked usually means without upper garment.
For example if we read 2 Sam. 6:20 it might seem as if David was naked. But from 2 Sam. 6:14 we know he still had a linen ephod. And if we read this verse Isaiah is asked to take of his sackcloth and shoes and then is called naked. He still had his underwear so to speak.
Also the phrase in “buttocks uncovered” does not mean no clothing at all, but indicates they had only a few rags, and in particular it is an indication of the shame they had to bear as in 2 Sam. 10:4.

3 And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;

4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.

5 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.

6 And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?