But can the ax boast greater power than the person who uses it? Is the saw greater than the person who saws? Can a rod strike unless a hand moves it? Can a wooden cane walk by itself?
Therefore, the Lord, the of Heaven’s Armies, will send a plague among Assyria’s proud troops, and a flaming fire will consume its glory.
The , the Light of Israel, will be a fire; the Holy One will be a flame. He will devour the thorns and briers with fire, burning up the enemy in a single night.
The will consume Assyria’s glory like a fire consumes a forest in a fruitful land; it will waste away like sick people in a plague.
Of all that glorious forest, only a few trees will survive— so few that a child could count them!
In that day the remnant left in Israel, the survivors in the house of Jacob, will no longer depend on allies who seek to destroy them. But they will faithfully trust the , the Holy One of Israel.
A remnant will return; yes, the remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God.
References for Isaiah 10:21
But though the people of Israel are as numerous as the sand of the seashore, only a remnant of them will return. The has rightly decided to destroy his people.
Yes, the Lord, the of Heaven’s Armies, has already decided to destroy the entire land.
References for Isaiah 10:23
So this is what the Lord, the of Heaven’s Armies, says: “O my people in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrians when they oppress you with rod and club as the Egyptians did long ago.
In a little while my anger against you will end, and then my anger will rise up to destroy them.”