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.