Mysteries Of The Bible: What Does Isaiah 28:11 Mean?

Edge Induced Cohesion

Earlier this evening when I was eating dinner I received a message on my phone from a loyal reader who asked me what Isaiah 28:11 meant, specifically when it referred to stammering lips:  “For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people.”  Many people are under the illusion that when God speaks to us He means to be heard and well understood, but this verse is a reminder that is not the case.  Indeed, in order to understand this word, and more importantly its relevance to us as an audience, it is worthwhile to understand at least two different contexts relating to this verse.  The first context, of course, is the passage in which this verse is embedded, and the second context is the situation the author, Isaiah, is referring to here.  As is often the case when it comes to passages like this one…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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