Preparations for the invasion (Isa 22:8-22:11)

β€œOn that day,

You looked

To the weapons

Of the House of the Forest.

You saw

That there were so many breaches

In the city of David.

You then collected

The waters of the lower pool.

You counted

The houses of Jerusalem.

You broke down the houses

To fortify the wall.

You made a reservoir

Between the two walls

To hold the water of the old pool.

But you did not look

To him who did it.

You did not have regard

For him who planned it long ago.”

Isaiah now reprimands the inhabitants of Jerusalem in the second person plural. They made preparations to protect Jerusalem from invaders. The weapons were in the House of the Forest, which was the royal palace, since it had so much wood in it. The city of David was the older southeastern part of Jerusalem. They tried to fix the holes in the wall around Jerusalem by tearing down houses in the city to fill the holes. They also tried to make a reservoir for the water within the city from the old pool. Isaiah points out that there was a fatal flaw to their preparations. They forgot to consider who had made the city for them, God. They did not regard Yahweh who had planned this city with King David and King Solomon. They had forgotten the Lord.

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Job explains the mortal human condition (Job 14:1-14:6)

β€œA mortal is born of a woman.

A moral has only few days.

A mortal is full of trouble.

He comes up like a flower and withers.

He flees like a shadow.

He does not last.

Do you fix your eyes upon such a one?

Do you bring me into judgment with you?

Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean thing?

No one can.

Since their days are determined,

The number of their months is known to you.

You have appointed the bounds that they cannot pass.

Look away from them!

Desist!

Thus they may enjoy,

Like a laborer,

They may enjoy their days.”

A human mortal is born from a woman. Mortals have only a few days filled with trouble. They grow like a flower and then wilt away. These human mortals are like shadows that do not last. Why would you fix your eyes on mortals and pass judgment on them? No one can make clean that which is unclean. Mortals have a shelf life that is determined. God has set out the monthly boundaries of their life that they cannot exceed. He wanted God to not look at them, but to turn away so that they could enjoy their few days like daily laborers do. Job clearly sees the human condition as inferior to God.