Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


Donald W. Parry


Isaiah, Old Testament Studies, Israelite slavery, Egyptian slavery, prophetic curse


At one point in his ministry, Isaiah was instructed by the Lord to remove his garment and shoes and walk "naked [like a slave, without an upper garment] and barefoot" among the people. Isaiah's action was to be a sign, for as Isaiah walked like a slave, even so would the Egyptians become slaves to the Assyrians (Isaiah 20:2-4). This prophetic symbolic action by Isaiah represented a prophetic curse that destruction and ruin would come upon the Egyptians.