A Message about Egypt and Ethiopia
1In the year when King Sargon of Assyria sent his commander in chief to capture the Philistine city of Ashdod,*20:1 Ashdod was captured by Assyria in 711 b.c. 2the Lord told Isaiah son of Amoz, “Take off the burlap you have been wearing, and remove your sandals.” Isaiah did as he was told and walked around naked and barefoot.
3Then the Lord said, “My servant Isaiah has been walking around naked and barefoot for the last three years. This is a sign—a symbol of the terrible troubles I will bring upon Egypt and Ethiopia.*20:3 Hebrew Cush; also in