Woe to Those Who Go Down to Egypt1 Woe to a those who go down to Egypt for help
and rely on horses,
who b trust in chariots because they are many
and in horsemen because they are very strong,
but c do not look to the Holy One of Israel
or consult the Lord!
2 And d yet he is wise and brings disaster;
e he does not call back his words,
but f will arise against the house of the evildoers
and against the helpers of g those who work iniquity.
3 The Egyptians are man, and not God,
and their horses h are flesh, and not spirit.
When the Lord stretches out his hand,
the helper will stumble, and he who is helped will fall,
and they will all perish together.
4 For thus the Lord said to me,
i “As a lion or a young lion growls over his prey,
and when a band of shepherds is called out against him
he is not terrified by their shouting
or daunted at their noise,
j so the Lord of hosts will come down
to fight ▼
▼ The Hebrew words for hosts and to fight sound alikeon Mount Zion and on its hill.
5 l Like birds hovering, so the Lord of hosts
will protect Jerusalem;
he will protect and deliver it;
he will spare and rescue it.”
6 m Turn to him from whom people ▼
▼ Hebrew theyhave o deeply revolted, O children of Israel. 7 For in that day p everyone shall cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which your hands have sinfully made for you. 8 q “And the Assyrian shall fall by a sword, not of man;
and a sword, not of man, shall devour him;
and he shall flee from the sword,
and his young men shall be r put to forced labor.
9 s His rock shall pass away in terror,
and his officers desert the standard in panic,”
declares the Lord, whose t fire is in Zion,
and whose u furnace is in Jerusalem.
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