Woe1 to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees,22
to deprive3 the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,4 making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.53
What will you do on the day of reckoning,6 when disaster7 comes from afar? To whom will you run for help?8 Where will you leave your riches?
Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives9 or fall among the slain.10 Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,11 his hand is still upraised.
"Woe12 to the Assyrian,13 the rod14 of my anger, in whose hand is the club15 of my wrath!166
I send him against a godless17 nation, I dispatch18 him against a people who anger me,19 to seize loot and snatch plunder,20 and to trample21 them down like mud in the streets.
But this is not what he intends,22 this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations.
'Are not my commanders23 all kings?' he says.
'Has not Calno24 fared like Carchemish?25 Is not Hamath26 like Arpad,27 and Samaria28 like Damascus?2910
As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols,30 kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria--
shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images as I dealt with Samaria and her idols?31' "