The Meaning of Isaiah 16:1 Explained

Isaiah 16:1

KJV: Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.

YLT: Send ye a lamb to the ruler of the land, From Selah in the wilderness, Unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.

Darby: Send the lamb of the ruler of the land from the rock to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.

ASV: Send ye the lambs for the ruler of the land from Selah to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.

What does Isaiah 16:1 Mean?

Study Notes

Sela
Or, Petra: Heb. a rock.

Chapter Summary: Isaiah 16

1  Moab is exhorted to yield obedience to the throne of David
6  Moab is threatened for her pride
9  The prophet bewails her
12  The judgment of Moab

What do the individual words in Isaiah 16:1 mean?

Send the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness to the mount of the daughter of Zion
שִׁלְחוּ־ כַ֥ר מֹשֵֽׁל־ אֶ֖רֶץ מִסֶּ֣לַע מִדְבָּ֑רָה אֶל־ הַ֖ר בַּת־ צִיּֽוֹן

שִׁלְחוּ־  Send 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Imperative, masculine plural
Root: שָׁלַח  
Sense: to send, send away, let go, stretch out.
כַ֥ר  the  lamb 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: כַּר 
Sense: howdah, palanquin, basket saddle.
מֹשֵֽׁל־  to  the  ruler 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Participle, masculine singular
Root: מָשַׁל  
Sense: to rule, have dominion, reign.
אֶ֖רֶץ  of  the  land 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular
Root: אֶרֶץ  
Sense: land, earth.
מִסֶּ֣לַע  from  Sela 
Parse: Preposition-m, Proper Noun, feminine singular
Root: סֶלַע  
Sense: a place in Edom.
מִדְבָּ֑רָה  to  the  wilderness 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular, third person feminine singular
Root: מִדְבָּר 
Sense: wilderness.
הַ֖ר  the  mount 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: הַר  
Sense: hill, mountain, hill country, mount.
בַּת־  of  the  daughter 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular construct
Root: בַּת  
Sense: daughter.
צִיּֽוֹן  of  Zion 
Parse: Proper Noun, feminine singular
Root: צִיּׄון  
Sense: another name for Jerusalem especially in the prophetic books.