Woe to those who decree decrees of iniquity,
To the busy writers who are busy writing trouble,
In order to turn the poor away from judgment,
And to tear justice away from the afflicted among my people;
That widows may be their spoil,
And they may plunder orphans.
And what will you do for the 1aday
And for the devastation that comes from afar?
To whom will you flee for help?
And where will you leave your 2glory
Unless one crouches behind prisoners,
And they fall behind the slain?
By all this His anger is not turned;
His hand is still outstretched.
Jehovah's judgment on Assyria
Woe to Assyria, the 1arod
of My anger!
The staff which is in their hand is My indignation.
Against a profane nation I send them out,
And against the people of My overflowing wrath I command them,
To make spoil of the spoil and to make plunder of the plunder,
To make them a trampling ground, like street mire.
But they do not think so,
And their heart does not conceive it so;
For destroying is in their heart,
And the cutting down of no few nations.
For they say,
Are not my princes all kings?
Is not Calno like aCarchemish
Or Hamath like Arpad,
Or Samaria like bDamascus
Since my hand has reached
The kingdoms of the idols,
And their graven images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
Shall I not do, as I have done
To Samaria and its idols,
The same to Jerusalem and its images?
But when the Lord has completed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He says
, I will punish the fruit of the king of aAssyria
’s haughtiness of heart and the glory of his haughty eyes.
For he has said,
By the strength of my own hand I have done it
And by my own wisdom; for I have understanding.
And I have aremoved
the boundaries of the peoples;
And their stored possessions I have plundered.
And like a bull, I brought down those who sit on thrones
And my hand reached in, like in a nest,
For the wealth of the peoples;
And like one who gathers abandoned eggs,
I myself gathered in all the earth;
And none fluttered a wing,
Or opened a beak and chirped.
Should the ax glorify itself above ahim
who chops with it?
Or should the saw magnify itself above him who wields it? It would be
like the rod wielding him who lifts it up,
Like the staff lifting up him who is not wood.
Therefore the Lord Jehovah of hosts will send
Leanness to his fat ones;
And under his glory He will kindle a kindling,
Like the kindling of fire.
And the aLight
of Israel will become a fire,
And His Holy One a flame;
And it will burn and devour his thorns
And his thistles in one day.
The glory of his forest and of his garden land
He will destroy, both soul and body;
And he will be like a sick man wasting away.
And what is left of the trees of his forest will be so few in number
That a young boy could record them.
Then in that day the aremnant
of Israel and those of the house of Jacob who have 1escaped
will no longer rely upon him who strikes them, but they will brely
upon Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.
though your people, O Israel, are like the 1sand
of the sea, only a remnant among them will return. Annihilation is strictly decided, overflowing with righteousness.
For utter destruction and a strict decision is the Lord Jehovah of hosts performing in the midst of the whole land.
Therefore thus says the Lord Jehovah of hosts, O my people dwelling in Zion, do not fear Assyria, who strike with the rod and lift up their staff against you the way aEgypt did
For in a very alittle
indignation will be bcompleted
, and My anger will be turned
toward their destruction.
And against them Jehovah of hosts will rouse up a whip like the stroke against aMidian
at the rock of Oreb; and His bstaff
will be over the sea, and He will lift it up the way He did in
And in that day their burden will be removed from your ashoulders
, and their yoke from off your neck; and the yoke will be broken due to the fatness.
He passes through Migron;
At Michmash he deposits his gear.
They go through the pass, saying
Geba will be our lodging overnight.
Ramah is quaking;
Gibeah of Saul flees away.
Scream with your voice, O daughter of Gallim!
Listen carefully, Laishah! O poor Anathoth!
The inhabitants of Gebim seek refuge.
So it is
this very day when he halts at Nob.
He swings his hand over the mountain of the 1daughter
Over the hill of Jerusalem.
But now the Lord Jehovah of hosts
Is lopping off the boughs with an awful crash:
Those which are tall in height are hewn down,
And those which are lofty are laid low.
And He chops away the forest thickets with an iron ax;
And Lebanon falls at the hands
of a majestic One.