1Woe to those who 1enactevilstatutes And to those who constantly recordaunjustdecisions,
So as 2to bdeprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So 3that widows may be their spoil And that they may plunder the corphans.
Now 4what will you do in the 5day of punishment, And in the devastation which will come6from afar? 7To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your dwealth?
4Nothing remains but to croucheamong the 8captives Or fallfamong the 9slain. 10In spite of allthis, His anger does not turnaway And His hand is stillstretched out.
5Woe to 11Assyria, the 12rod of My anger And the staff in whose hands is 13My indignation,
I send it against a 14godlessnation And commission it against the 15people of My fury To capturebooty and 16to seizeplunder, And to gtrample them down like 17mud in the streets.
Yet it 18does not sointend, Nor does hit planso in its heart, But rather it is iits purpose to destroy And to cutoffjmanynations.
For it says, "Are not my princeskallkings?
"Is not 19Calno like 20Carchemish, Or21Hamath like Arpad, Or22Samaria like 23Damascus?
"As my hand has reached to the 24kingdoms of the idols, Whose gravenimages were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
Shall I not ldo to Jerusalem and her imagesJust as I have done to Samaria and 25her idols?"
So it will be that when the Lord has completedall His 26work on MountZion and on Jerusalem, He will say, "I will mpunish the fruit of the arrogantheart of the king of Assyria and 27the pomp of nhis haughtiness."
For 28he has said, "By the power of my hand and by my wisdom I did this, For I haveunderstanding; And I 29removed the boundaries of the peoples And plundered their treasures, And like a mightyman I broughtdownotheir inhabitants,
And my handreached to the riches of the peoples like a 30nest, And as one gathersabandonedeggs, I gatheredall the earth; And there was not one that flapped its wing or opened its beak or chirped."
Is the 31axe to 32boast itself over the one who chops with it? Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it? That would be like 33a pclubwielding those who lift it, Or like 34a rodlifting him who is not wood.
16Therefore the Lord, the qGOD of hosts, will send a 35wastingdisease among his 36stoutwarriors; And under his 37glory a fire will be kindled like a burningflame.
And the 38light of Israel will become a fire and his 39HolyOne a flame, And it will 40burn and devour his thorns and his briars in a singleday.
And He will 41destroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitfulgarden, bothsoul and body, And it will be as when a sickmanwastesaway.
And the 42rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number That a child could write them down.
Now in that day the 43remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob44who have escaped, will neveragainrely on the one who struck them, but will truly45rely on the LORD, the HolyOne of Israel.
A 46remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the 47mightyGod.
For 48though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea, Only a remnant within them will return; A 49destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.
For a completedestruction, one that is decreed, 50the LordrGOD of hosts will execute in the midst of the wholeland.
24Thereforethussays the LordsGOD of hosts, "O My people who dwell in 51Zion, 52do not fear the Assyriantwho 53strikes you with the rod and lifts up his staffagainst you, the wayEgypt did.
"For in a very54littlewhile55My indignation against you will be spent and My anger will be directed to their destruction."
The LORD of hosts will 56arouse a scourgeagainst him like the slaughter of 57Midian at the rock of Oreb; and His 58staff will be over the sea and He will lift it up 59the way He did in Egypt.
So it will be in that day, that uhis 60burden will be removed from your shoulders and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be brokenbecause61of fatness.
He has comeagainstAiath, He has passed through 62Migron; At 63Michmash he deposited his 64baggage.
They have gonethrough65the pass, saying, "66Geba will be our lodgingplace." 67Ramah is terrified, and 68Gibeah of Saul has fled away.
30Cryaloud with your voice, O daughter of 69Gallim! Payattention, Laishah and vwretched70Anathoth!
31Madmenah has fled. The inhabitants of Gebim have soughtrefuge.
32Yettoday he will halt at 71Nob; He 72shakes his fist at the mountain of the w73daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
33Behold, the Lord, the xGOD of hosts, will lopoff the boughs with a terriblecrash; Those also who are 74tall in stature will be cutdown And those who are lofty will be abased.
He will cutdown the thickets of the forest with an iron axe, And 75Lebanon will fallyby the MightyOne.