Isaiah 50:10-11 Fire as a Double-Edged Sword
Niranjan Kanmury
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Isaiah 50:10-11 has recently attracted considerable scholarly attention, not only because it is a response or supplement to the third Song of the Servant, but mainly due to its interpretational ambiguities. In the past, many studies have been devoted to address the textual and translational problems of these two verses. In the scholarly literature not enough attention has been paid, however, to the rich light terminology found in this short pericope. This paper, therefore, argues that a systematic study of light imagery and highlighting of the light terminology will be very beneficial in elucidating the textual, translational and most importantly its interpretational problems.

      10a  Who among you fears the Lord?
             who obeys the voice of His Servant?
             who walks in darkness and has no light?

      10b  Let him trust in the name of the Lord
             and rely upon his God

      11a  Look all of you are kindlers of fire,
             who encircles yourselves with sparks,
             walk in the light of your fire,
             and in the sparks you have kindled!

      11b  This is what you shall have from my hand:
             you shall lie down in torment. (NKJ)

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