Isaiah 10

Assyria Is God’s Instrument

1Woe to those who a  enact evil statutes
And to those who constantly record
Lit mischief or misfortune
unjust decisions,
2So as c  to
Lit turn aside from
deprive 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 fatherless
3Now 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 glory
4Nothing remains but to crouch
Lit under
among the m  captives
Or fall
Lit under
among the o  slain.
p  In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away
And His hand is still stretched out.

5Woe to q  Assyria, the r  rod of My anger
And the staff in whose hands is s  My indignation,
6I 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 place
trample them down like x  mud in the streets.
7Yet it y  does not so intend,
Nor does
Lit its heart so plan
it plan so in its heart,
But rather it is
Lit in its heart
its purpose to destroy
And to cut off
Lit not a few
many nations.
8For it says, “Are not my princes
Lit altogether
all kings?
9“Is not ad  Calno like ae  Carchemish,
Or af  Hamath like Arpad,
Or ag  Samaria like ah  Damascus?
10As my hand has reached to the ai  kingdoms of the idols,
Whose graven images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
11Shall I not
Lit do thus
do to Jerusalem and her images
Just as I have done to Samaria and ak  her idols?”

12So 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 visit
punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and an  the pomp of
Lit haughtiness of his eyes
his haughtiness.”
13For 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 thrones
their inhabitants,
14And 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.”

15Is 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 staff
club wielding those who lift it,
Or like ax  a rod lifting him who is not wood.
16Therefore the Lord, the
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 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.
17And 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.
18And 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.
19And 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 Return

20Now 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. 21A bk  remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the bl  mighty God.
22For 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.

23For a complete destruction, one that is decreed bo  the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God of hosts will execute in the midst of the whole land.

24Therefore thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God of hosts, “O My people who dwell in br  Zion bs  do not fear the Assyrian
Lit he
who bu  strikes you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, the way Egypt did.
25For in a very bv  little while bw  My indignation against you will be spent and My anger will be directed to their destruction.” 26The  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. 27So it will be in that day, that
I.e. the Assyrian
his cc  burden will be removed from your shoulders and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be broken because cd  of fatness.
28He has come against Aiath,
He has passed through ce  Migron;
At cf  Michmash he deposited his cg  baggage.
29They 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.
30Cry aloud with your voice, O daughter of cl  Gallim!
Pay attention, Laishah and
An ancient version reads Answer her, O Anathoth
wretched cn  Anathoth!
31Madmenah has fled.
The inhabitants of Gebim have sought refuge.
32Yet 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.

33Behold, the Lord, the
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 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.
34He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an iron axe,
And cu  Lebanon will fall
Or as a mighty one
by the Mighty One.

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