Isaiah 10

1Woe to those who a  decree iniquitous decrees,
and the writers who b  keep writing oppression,
2to turn aside the needy from justice
and c  to rob the poor of my people of their right,
that widows may be their spoil,
and that they may make the fatherless their prey!
3What will you do on d  the day of punishment,
in the ruin that will come e  from afar?
To whom will you flee for help,
and where will you leave your wealth?
4Nothing remains but to crouch among the prisoners
or fall among the slain.
f  For all this his anger has not turned away,
and his hand is stretched out still.

Judgment on Arrogant Assyria

5 Ah, Assyria, g  the rod of my anger;
the staff in their hands is my fury!
6Against a h  godless nation I send him,
and against the people of my wrath I command him,
to take i  spoil and seize plunder,
and to j  tread them down like the mire of the streets.
7But he k  does not so intend,
and his heart does not so think;
but it is in his heart to destroy,
and to cut off nations not a few;
8for he says:
l  “Are not my commanders all kings?
9 m  Is not n  Calno like o  Carchemish?
Is not p  Hamath like q  Arpad?
r  Is not s  Samaria like Damascus?
10As my hand has reached to t  the kingdoms of the idols,
whose carved images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
11shall I not do to Jerusalem and u  her idols
v  as I have done to Samaria and her images?”

12 w  When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem x  he
Hebrew I
will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes.
13 z  For he says:

“By the strength of my hand I have done it,
and by my wisdom, for I have understanding;
I remove the boundaries of peoples,
and plunder their treasures;
like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones.
14My hand has found like a nest
the wealth of the peoples;
and as one gathers eggs that have been forsaken,
so I have gathered all the earth;
and there was none that moved a wing
or opened the mouth or chirped.”
15 Shall aa  the axe boast over him who hews with it,
or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it?
As if a rod should wield him who lifts it,
or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!
16Therefore the Lord  God of hosts
will send wasting sickness among his ab  stout warriors,
and under his glory ac  a burning will be kindled,
like the burning of fire.
17 ad  The light of Israel will become a fire,
and ae  his Holy One a flame,
and af  it will burn and devour
his thorns and briers ag  in one day.
18The glory of ah  his forest and of his ai  fruitful land
the  Lord will destroy, both soul and body,
and it will be as when a sick man wastes away.
19The remnant of the trees of his forest will be so few
that a child can write them down.

The Remnant of Israel Will Return

20 aj  In that day ak  the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more al  lean on him who struck them, but am  will lean on the  Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. 21A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, an  to the mighty God. 22 ao  For though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea ap  only a remnant of them will return. aq  Destruction is decreed, overflowing with righteousness. 23For the Lord  God of hosts will make a full end, as decreed, in the midst of all the earth.

24Therefore thus says the Lord  God of hosts: “O my people ar  who dwell in Zion as  be not afraid of the Assyrians when they strike with the rod and lift up their staff against you as at  the Egyptians did. 25For au  in a very little while my fury will come to an end, and my anger will be directed to their destruction. 26And av  the  Lord of hosts will wield against them a whip, as when he struck aw  Midian ax  at the rock of Oreb. And his staff will be over the sea, and he will lift it ay  as he did in Egypt. 27And in that day az  his burden will depart from your shoulder, and ba  his yoke from your neck; and the yoke will be broken because of the fat.”
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

28 He has come to Aiath;
he has passed through bc  Migron;
at Michmash he stores bd  his baggage;
29they have crossed over be  the pass;
at bf  Geba they lodge for the night;
bg  Ramah trembles;
bh  Gibeah of Saul has fled.
30Cry aloud, O daughter of bi  Gallim!
Give attention, O Laishah!
O poor bj  Anathoth!
31Madmenah is in flight;
the inhabitants of Gebim flee for safety.
32This very day he will halt at bk  Nob;
he will shake his fist
at the mount of bl  the daughter of Zion,
the hill of Jerusalem.
33 Behold, the Lord  God of hosts
bm  will lop bn  the boughs with terrifying power;
the great in height will be hewn down,
and the lofty will be brought low.
34He will cut down bo  the thickets of the forest with an axe,
and bp  Lebanon will fall by the Majestic One.
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