For he says: " 'By the strength of my hand1 I have done this,2 and by my wisdom, because I have understanding. I removed the boundaries of nations, I plundered their treasures;3 like a mighty one I subdueda their kings.414
As one reaches into a nest,5 so my hand reached for the wealth6 of the nations; as men gather abandoned eggs, so I gathered all the countries;7 not one flapped a wing, or opened its mouth to chirp.8' "
Does the ax raise itself above him who swings it, or the saw boast against him who uses it?9 As if a rod were to wield him who lifts it up, or a club10 brandish him who is not wood!
Therefore, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, will send a wasting disease11 upon his sturdy warriors;12 under his pomp13 a fire14 will be kindled like a blazing flame.
The Light of Israel will become a fire,15 their Holy One16 a flame; in a single day it will burn and consume his thorns17 and his briers.18