But when the Lord finishes all His work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, [He will say,] "Ia will punish the king of Assyria for his arrogant acts and the proud look in his eyes."
For he said: I have done [this] by my own strength and wisdom, for I am clever. I abolished the borders of nations and plundered their treasures; like a mighty warrior, I subjugated the inhabitants.b14
My hand has reached out, as if into a nest, 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.
Does an ax exalt itself above the one who chops with it? Does a saw magnify itself above the one who saws with it? As if a staff could wave those who liftc it! As if a rod could lift what isn't wood!d16
Therefore the Lord God of Hosts will inflict an emaciating disease on the well-fed of Assyria, and He will kindle a burning fire under its glory.
Israel's Light will become a fire, and its Holy One, a flame. In one day it will burn up Assyria's thorns and thistles.
He will completely destroy the glory of its forests and orchards as a sickness consumes a person.
The remaining trees of its forest will be so few in number that a child could count them.