Isaiah 10 (Lexham English Bible)

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Woes on the Wicked

1 Ah! Those who decree decrees of evil, and writers who have written harm, 2 to guide [the] needy away from legal claims,a and to rob the justice from the poor of my people, to make widows their spoil; and they plunder orphans. 3 And what will you do at [the] day of punishment, and at calamity? It comes from afar! To whom will you flee for help, and where will you leave your wealth, 4 {save that they bow down under the prisoners and fall under the slain}?b In all of this his anger has not turned away, and still his hand [is] stretched out.

Judgment on Assyria’s Arrogance

5 Ah! Assyria, the rod of my anger, and a staff is in their hand: my wrath! 6 I send him against a godless nation, and I command him against the people of my wrath, to capture spoil and to carry off plunder, and to make themc a trampling place, like [the] clay of [the] streets. 7 But he does not think this,d and his heart does not plan this. For [it is] in his heart to destroy and to cut off not a few nations. 8 For he says, "[Are] not my commanders altogether kings? 9 [Is] not Calno like Carchemish? [Is] not Hamath like Arpad? [Is] not Samaria like Damascus? 10 As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idolse --and their images were {greater than those of}f Jerusalem and Samaria-- 11 shall I not do to Jerusalem and its idols what I have done to Samaria and her idols?" 12 And this shall happen: when the Lord has finished all his work against {Mount Zion}g and Jerusalem, "I will punish the {arrogance}h of the king of Assyria and {his haughtiness}."i 13 For he says, "I have done [it] by the strength of my hand and by my wisdom, for I have understanding, and I have removed [the] boundaries of peoples, and I have plundered their stores, and like a bull I have brought down {the inhabitants}. 14 And my hand has found, like [a] nest, the wealth of the peoples, and like the gathering of forsaken eggs, I myself have gathered all the earth. And [there] was no fluttering wing or open mouth or chirp." 15 Does the ax boast against the one who cuts with it, or the saw magnify itself against [the] one who moves it to and fro? {As if a rod should move the one who lifts it}!j {As if a staff should lift up that which is not wood}!k 16 Therefore the Lord, Yahweh of hosts, will send leanness among his sturdy warriors, and a burning like [the] burning of fire will burn under his glory. 17 And the light of Israel will become like a fire, and his holy one like a flame, and it will burn and devour his thornsl and briersm in one day. 18 And he will destroy the glory of his forest and orchard {completely},n and it will be like the wasting away of one who is sick. 19 And the rest of the treeso of his forest will be a small number, and a boy can write them [down].

The Return of the Remnant

20 And this shall happen: on that day, the remnant of Israel and the survivorsp of the house of Jacob will not continue to lean on [the] one who struck it but will lean on Yahweh, the holy one of Israel, in truth. 21 A remnant will return-- the remnant of Jacob--to [the] mighty God. 22 For though your people Israel was like the sand of the sea, [only] a remnant of it will return. Annihilation [is] determined, overflowing [with] righteousness. 23 For the Lord Yahweh of hosts [is] about to make a complete destruction and a determined end in the midst of all the earth. 24 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh of hosts: "My people who live [in] Zion, you must not be afraid of Assyria. It beats you with the rod, and it lifts up its staff against you {as the Egyptians did}. 25 [My] indignation will come to an end {in just a very little while},q and my anger [will be] directed to their destruction." 26 And Yahweh of hosts is going to swing a whip against him, as when Midian was defeated at the rock of Oreb; and his staff [will be] over the sea, and he will lift him up {as he did in Egypt}.r 27 And this shall happen: on that day, he will remove his burden from your shoulder and his yoke from your neck, {and a yoke will be destroyed because of fat}. 28 He has come to Aiath, he has passed through Migron; at Micmash he deposited his baggage. 29 They crossed over [the] pass; Geba [is] a place of overnight lodging for us. Ramah trembles; Gibeah of Saul has fled. 30 Daughter of Gallim, cry out [with] your voice; Laishah, listen! {Anathoth is poor}.s 31 Madmenah flees! The inhabitants of Gebim bring themselves into safety! 32 {This day}t {taking a stand}u at Nob, he will shake his fist [at] the mountain of the daughterv of Zion, [at] the hill of Jerusalem. 33 Look! The Lord Yahweh of hosts is about to lop off [the] branchesw with great power, and {the towering trees}x will be felled, and the {tall trees}y will be brought low. 34 And he will cut down the thickets of the forest with the axe, and Lebanon will fall by [the] mighty [one].
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