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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.
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.
The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the Mighty God.
Israel, even if your people were as numerous as the sand of the sea, [only] a remnant of them will return.c Destruction has been decreed; justice overflows.
For throughout the land the Lord God of Hosts is carrying out a destruction that was decreed.
Therefore, the Lord God of Hosts says this: "My people who dwell in Zion, do not fear Assyria, though he strikes you with a rod and raises his staff over you as the Egyptians did.
In just a little while My wrath will be spent and My anger will turn to their destruction."