“Therefore hear the word of Yahweh!
You rule this people in Jerusalem!
Because you have said.
‘We have made
A covenant with death.
We have an agreement with Sheol.
When the overwhelming scourge
It will not come to us.
We have made lies our refuge.
We have taken shelter in falsehood.’”
Isaiah wanted the scoffers who ruled Jerusalem to listen to the word of Yahweh. However, these arrogant rulers who had given up on Yahweh responded that they had a covenant with death, perhaps with Egypt against Assyria. They had an agreement with Sheol, the underworld afterlife place. They would be safe because of their deal with death. They were going to rely on lies and falsehood as their refuge and shelter.