“Inhabitants of Jerusalem” (Isaiah 10:14)


The phrase “inhabitants of Jerusalem” is used numerous times in the prophets, especially in Jeremiah. In Isaiah 8:14 it seems to indicate they are not Israel or Judah.

“And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.”

Does anyone know who exactly they were?

Thank you



  1. The commentaries explain that the phrase is referring to the Jews living in Jerusalem who rebel against the true leadership.

    In Ezekiel it is a reference to those who rebelled against the House of King David: those who rebelled against King Ahab and followed the evil Pekah, and to those who followed the rebellion of Shebna the wicked during the time of King Hezekiah.

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team