The situation at Jerusalem (Isa 1:8-1:9)

“The daughter of Zion is left

Like a booth in a vineyard,

Like a shelter in a cucumber field,

Like a besieged city.

If Yahweh of hosts

Had not left us

A few survivors.”

There is no doubt that this reference to the daughter of Zion is the besieged city of Jerusalem, as in 2 Kings, chapter 18. Jerusalem is like a tent in a vineyard or a shelter in a cucumber field, a safe haven. This is an obvious reference to the invasion of King Sennacherib of Assyria (705-681 BCE) on Jerusalem around 702 BCE, the 14th year of King Hezekiah (716-687 BCE) of Judah. Yahweh, however, left some survivors. In fact, there will be no attack on Jerusalem, as indicated in 2 Kings, chapter 19.

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