Assyria Is God’s Instrument1 Woe to those who a enact evil statutes
And to those who constantly record ▼
▼ Lit mischief or misfortuneunjust decisions,
2 So as c to ▼
▼ Lit turn aside fromdeprive the needy of justice
And rob the poor of My people of their rights,
So e that widows may be their spoil
And that they may plunder the ▼
▼ Or fatherlessorphans.
3 Now g what will you do in the h day of punishment,
And in the devastation which will come i from afar?
j To whom will you flee for help?
And where will you leave your ▼
▼ Lit glorywealth?
4 Nothing remains but to crouch ▼
▼ Lit underamong the m captives
Or fall ▼
▼ Lit underamong the o slain.
p In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away
And His hand is still stretched out.
5 Woe to q Assyria, the r rod of My anger
And the staff in whose hands is s My indignation,
6 I send it against a t godless nation
And commission it against the u people of My fury
To capture booty and v to seize plunder,
And to ▼
▼ Lit make them a trampled placetrample them down like x mud in the streets.
7 Yet it y does not so intend,
Nor does ▼
▼ Lit its heart so planit plan so in its heart,
But rather it is ▼
▼ Lit in its heartits purpose to destroy
And to cut off ▼
▼ Lit not a fewmany nations.
8 For it says, “Are not my princes ▼
▼ Lit altogetherall kings?
9 “Is not ad Calno like ae Carchemish,
Or af Hamath like Arpad,
Or ag Samaria like ah Damascus?
10 “As my hand has reached to the ai kingdoms of the idols,
Whose graven images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
11 Shall I not ▼
▼ Lit do thusdo to Jerusalem and her images
Just as I have done to Samaria and ak her idols?”
12 So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His al work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, “I will ▼
▼ Lit visitpunish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and an the pomp of ▼
▼ Lit haughtiness of his eyeshis haughtiness.” 13 For ap he has said, “By the power of my hand and by my wisdom I did this,
For I have understanding;
And I aq removed the boundaries of the peoples
And plundered their treasures,
And like a mighty man I brought down ▼
▼ Or those who sit on thronestheir inhabitants,
14 And my hand reached to the riches of the peoples like a as nest,
And as one gathers abandoned eggs, I gathered all the earth;
And there was not one that flapped its wing or opened its beak or chirped.”
15 Is the at axe to au boast itself over the one who chops with it?
Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it?
That would be like av a ▼
▼ Lit staffclub wielding those who lift it,
Or like ax a rod lifting him who is not wood.
16 Therefore the Lord, the ▼ God of hosts, will send a az wasting disease among his ba stout warriors;
And under his bb glory a fire will be kindled like a burning flame.
17 And the bc light of Israel will become a fire and his bd Holy One a flame,
And it will be burn and devour his thorns and his briars in a single day.
18 And He will bf destroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitful garden, both soul and body,
And it will be as when a sick man wastes away.
19 And the bg rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number
That a child could write them down.
A Remnant Will Return20 Now in that day the bh remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob bi who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly bj rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. 21 A bk remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the bl mighty God.
22 For bm though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea,
Only a remnant within them will return;
A bn destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.
23 For a complete destruction, one that is decreed bo the Lord ▼ God of hosts will execute in the midst of the whole land. 24 Therefore thus says the Lord ▼ God of hosts, “O My people who dwell in br Zion bs do not fear the Assyrian ▼
▼ Lit hewho bu strikes you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, the way Egypt did. 25 “For in a very bv little while bw My indignation against you will be spent and My anger will be directed to their destruction.” 26 The Lord of hosts will bx arouse a scourge against him like the slaughter of by Midian at the rock of Oreb; and His bz staff will be over the sea and He will lift it up ca the way He did in Egypt. 27 So it will be in that day, that ▼
▼ I.e. the Assyrianhis cc burden will be removed from your shoulders and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be broken because cd of fatness. 28 He has come against Aiath,
He has passed through ce Migron;
At cf Michmash he deposited his cg baggage.
29 They have gone through ch the pass, saying,
ci “Geba will be our lodging place.”
cj Ramah is terrified, and ck Gibeah of Saul has fled away.
30 Cry aloud with your voice, O daughter of cl Gallim!
Pay attention, Laishah and ▼
▼ An ancient version reads Answer her, O Anathothwretched cn Anathoth!
31 Madmenah has fled.
The inhabitants of Gebim have sought refuge.
32 Yet today he will halt at co Nob;
He cp shakes his fist at the mountain of the ▼
▼ Another reading is house of, cr daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
33 Behold, the Lord, the ▼ God of hosts, will lop off the boughs with a terrible crash;
Those also who are ct tall in stature will be cut down
And those who are lofty will be abased.
34 He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an iron axe,
And cu Lebanon will fall ▼
▼ Or as a mighty oneby the Mighty One.
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