Isaiah 31

The Lord, the Only Help

1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help a
and who depend on horses!
They trust in the abundance of chariots
and in the large number of horsemen. b
They do not look c to the Holy One of Israel
and they do not seek the Lord’s help.
2 But He also is wise and brings disaster. d
He does not go back on what He says; e
He will rise up against the house of wicked men
and against the allies of evildoers.
3 Egyptians are men, not God;
their horses are flesh, not spirit.
When the Lord raises His hand to strike,
the helper will stumble
and the one who is helped will fall;
both will perish together.

4 For this is what the Lord said to me:

As a lion or young lion growls over its prey f
when a band of shepherds is called out against it,
and is not terrified by their shouting
or subdued by their noise,
so the Lord of
Hosts/hosts: Military forces consisting of God's angels, sometimes including the sun, moon, and stars, and occasionally, Israel
Hosts will come down
to fight on Mount
Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the future
and on its hill. i

5 Like hovering birds,
so the Lord of Hosts will protect Jerusalem j
by protecting it, He will rescue it,
by sparing it, He will deliver it.

6 Return to the One the Israelites have greatly rebelled against. k 7 For on that day, every one of you will reject the silver and gold idols that your own hands have sinfully made. l

8 Then Assyria will fall,
but not by human sword;
a sword will devour him,
but not one made by man. m
He will flee from the sword;
his young men will be put to forced labor. n
9 His rock
Perhaps the Assyrian king
will pass away because of fear, p
and his officers will be afraid because of the signal flag. q

This is the Lord’s declaration – whose fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem. r
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