But the LORD has strengthened Rezin's1 foes against them and has spurred their enemies on.
Arameans2 from the east and Philistines3 from the west have devoured4 Israel with open mouth. Yet for all this, his anger5 is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.613
But the people have not returned7 to him who struck8 them, nor have they sought9 the LORD Almighty.
So the LORD will cut off from Israel both head and tail, both palm branch and reed10 in a single day;1115
the elders12 and prominent men13 are the head, the prophets14 who teach lies15 are the tail.
Those who guide16 this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray.1717
Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men,18 nor will he pity19 the fatherless and widows, for everyone is ungodly20 and wicked,21 every mouth speaks vileness.22 Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.2318
Surely wickedness burns like a fire;24 it consumes briers and thorns,25 it sets the forest thickets ablaze,26 so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.
By the wrath27 of the LORD Almighty the land will be scorched28 and the people will be fuel for the fire;29 no one will spare his brother.3020
On the right they will devour, but still be hungry;31 on the left they will eat,32 but not be satisfied. Each will feed on the flesh of his own offspringa:
Manasseh will feed on Ephraim, and Ephraim on Manasseh;33 together they will turn against Judah.34 Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.35