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10 Woey to those enacting crooked statutes
and writing oppressive laws
and to deprive the needy among my people of justice,z
so that widows can be their spoil
and they can plunder the fatherless.aa
when devastation comes from far away?
Who will you run to for help?
Where will you leave your wealth?
except crouch among the prisoners
or fall among the slain.
In all this, his anger has not turned away,
and his hand is still raised to strike.a
5 Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger—
the staff in their hands is my wrath.
I will command him to go
against a people destined for my rage,
to take spoils, to plunder,b
and to trample them down like clayc in the streets.
this is not what he plans.
It is his intent to destroy
and to cut off many nations.
“Aren’t all my commanders kings?
Isn’t Hamath like Arpad?
kingdoms whose idols exceeded those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
will I not also do to Jerusalem and its idols?”e
I have done this by my own strength
and wisdom, for I am clever.
I abolished the borders of nations
and plundered their treasures;g
to seize the wealth of the nations.
Like one gathering abandoned eggs,
I gathered the whole earth.
No wing fluttered;
no beak opened or chirped.
above the one who chops with it?
Does a saw magnify itself
above the one who saws with it?
It would be like a rod waving the one who liftsD it!
It would be like a staff lifting the one who isn’t wood!
will inflict an emaciating disease
on the well-fed of Assyria,
and he will kindle a burning fire
under its glory.
and its Holy One, a flame.i
In one day it will burn and consume Assyria’s thorns and thistles.j
the glory of its forests and orchards
as a sickness consumes a person.
will be so few in number
that a child could count them.
20 On that day the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no longer depend on the one who struck them, but they will faithfully depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.k
to the Mighty God.
as the sand of the sea,
only a remnant of them will return.l
Destruction has been decreed;
the Lord God of Armies
is carrying out a destruction that was decreed.
24 Therefore, the Lord God of Armies says this: “My people who dwell in Zion, do not fear Assyria, though they strike you with a rod and raise their staff over you as the Egyptians did. 25 In just a little while my wrath will be spent and my anger will turn to their destruction.” 26 And the Lord of Armies will brandish a whip against him as he did when he struck Midian at the rock of Oreb;a and he will raise his staff over the sea as he did in Egypt.
27 On that day
his burden will fall from your shoulders,
and his yoke from your neck.
and has gone through Migron,
storing their equipment at Michmash.
“We will spend the night at Geba.”
The people of Ramah are trembling;
those at Gibeah of Saul have fled.
Anathoth is miserable.
The inhabitants of Gebim have sought refuge.
shaking their fists at the mountain of Daughter Zion,
the hill of Jerusalem.
will chop off the branches with terrifying power,
and the tall trees will be cut down,
the high trees felled.
and Lebanon with its majesty will fall.
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