"Woe4 to the Assyrian,5 the rod6 of my anger, in whose hand is the club7 of my wrath!86
I send him against a godless9 nation, I dispatch10 him against a people who anger me,11 to seize loot and snatch plunder,12 and to trample13 them down like mud in the streets.
But this is not what he intends,14 this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations.
'Are not my commanders15 all kings?' he says.
'Has not Calno16 fared like Carchemish?17 Is not Hamath18 like Arpad,19 and Samaria20 like Damascus?2110
As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols,22 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?23' "
When the Lord has finished all his work24 against Mount Zion25 and Jerusalem, he will say, "I will punish the king of Assyria26 for the willful pride27 of his heart and the haughty look28 in his eyes.
For he says: " 'By the strength of my hand29 I have done this,30 and by my wisdom, because I have understanding. I removed the boundaries of nations, I plundered their treasures;31 like a mighty one I subdueda their kings.3214
As one reaches into a nest,33 so my hand reached for the wealth34 of the nations; as men gather abandoned eggs, so I gathered all the countries;35 not one flapped a wing, or opened its mouth to chirp.36' "