to deprive1 the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,2 making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.33
What will you do on the day of reckoning,4 when disaster5 comes from afar? To whom will you run for help?6 Where will you leave your riches?
Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives7 or fall among the slain.8 Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,9 his hand is still upraised.
"Woe10 to the Assyrian,11 the rod12 of my anger, in whose hand is the club13 of my wrath!146
I send him against a godless15 nation, I dispatch16 him against a people who anger me,17 to seize loot and snatch plunder,18 and to trample19 them down like mud in the streets.
But this is not what he intends,20 this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations.
'Are not my commanders21 all kings?' he says.
'Has not Calno22 fared like Carchemish?23 Is not Hamath24 like Arpad,25 and Samaria26 like Damascus?2710
As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols,28 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?29' "
When the Lord has finished all his work30 against Mount Zion31 and Jerusalem, he will say, "I will punish the king of Assyria32 for the willful pride33 of his heart and the haughty look34 in his eyes.