Isaiah 10:1-9 NIV

1 Woe1 to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees,2

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2 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.5

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3 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?

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4 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.

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God's Judgment on Assyria

5 "Woe12 to the Assyrian,13 the rod14 of my anger, in whose hand is the club15 of my wrath!16

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6 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.

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7 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.

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8 'Are not my commanders23 all kings?' he says.

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9 'Has not Calno24 fared like Carchemish?25 Is not Hamath26 like Arpad,27 and Samaria28 like Damascus?29

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