Prophesies Directed Against Ethiopia and Egypt
What word did God give regarding Ethiopia?
This oracle pictures the frantic diplomatic activity of Ethiopia (18:1) in its efforts to entice Judah to join in a coalition against the Assyrians (18:2). Isaiah diplomatically told the Ethiopians to return to their home (8:2) and advised Judah to trust in the Lord who would deal with the Assyrian threat (18:3-7).
An Ethiopian dynasty ruled Egypt during Isaiah’s lifetime. Isaiah cautioned Judah against entering into an alliance with the Ethiopians and predicted their destruction (18:3-7).