Woe to those enacting crooked statutes and writing oppressive laws
to keep the poor from getting a fair trial and to deprive the afflicted among my people of justice, so that widows can be their spoil and they can plunder the fatherless.
What will you do on the day of punishment when devastation comes from far away? Who will you run to for help? Where will you leave your wealth?
[There will be nothing to do] except crouch among the prisoners or fall among the slain. In all this, His anger is not removed, and His hand is still raised [to strike].
Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger- the staff in their hands is My wrath.
I will send him against a godless nation; I will command him [to go] against a people destined for My rage, to take spoils, to plunder, and to trample them down like clay in the streets.
But this is not what he intends; this is not what he plans. It is his intent to destroy and to cut off many nations.
For he says: Aren't all my commanders kings?
Isn't Calno like Carchemish? Isn't Hamath like Arpad? Isn't Samaria like Damascus?a10
As my hand seized the idolatrous kingdoms, whose idols exceeded those of Jerusalem and Samaria,