1Woe to those who godown to 1Egypt for help And 2rely on horses, And trust in chariotsbecause they are many And in horsemenbecause they are verystrong, But they do not 3look to the 4HolyOne of Israel, norseek the LORD!
Yet He also is 5wise and will 6bringdisaster And does 7not retract His words, But will ariseagainst the house of 8evildoers And against the help of the 9workers of iniquity.
Now the Egyptians are 10men and not God, And their 11horses are flesh and not spirit; So the LORD will 12stretch out His hand, And 13he who helps will stumble And he who is helped will fall, And all of them will come to an endtogether.
For thussays the LORD to me, "As the 14lion or the youngliongrowlsover his prey, Againstwhich a band of shepherds is called out, And he will not be terrified at their voicenordisturbed at their noise, So will the LORD of hostscomedown to wage15war on MountZion and on its hill."
Like aflying16birdsso the LORD of hosts will protectJerusalem. He will 17protect and deliver it; He will passover and rescue it.
618Return to Him from whombyou have 19deeplydefected, O sons of Israel.
For in that dayeveryman will 20castaway his silveridols and his goldidols, which your 21sinful hands have made for you as 22a sin.
And the 23Assyrian will fall by a sword not of man, And a 24sword not of man will devour him. So he will c25not escape the sword, And his youngmen will become26forcedlaborers.
"His 27rock will passawaybecause of panic, And his princes will be terrified at the 28standard," Declares the LORD, whose29fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.