1Woe unto them that decreeunrighteousdecrees, and that writeagrievousness which they have prescribed ;
To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!3
And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?4
Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain . For all this his anger is not turned away , but his hand is stretched out still .
5ObAssyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.6
I will send him against an hypocriticalnation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge , to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.7
Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heartthink so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut offnations not a few.8
For he saith , Are not my princesaltogetherkings?9
Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?