For though your people Israel were like the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. Destruction is decreed, overflowing with righteousness.
For the Lord God of hosts will make a full end, as decreed, in all the earth. a24
Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: O my people, who live in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrians when they beat you with a rod and lift up their staff against you as the Egyptians did.
For in a very little while my indignation will come to an end, and my anger will be directed to their destruction.
The Lord of hosts will wield a whip against them, as when he struck Midian at the rock of Oreb; his staff will be over the sea, and he will lift it as he did in Egypt.
On that day his burden will be removed from your shoulder, and his yoke will be destroyed from your neck. He has gone up from Rimmon, b28
he has come to Aiath; he has passed through Migron, at Michmash he stores his baggage;
they have crossed over the pass, at Geba they lodge for the night; Ramah trembles, Gibeah of Saul has fled.
Cry aloud, O daughter Gallim! Listen, O Laishah! Answer her, O Anathoth!
Madmenah is in flight, the inhabitants of Gebim flee for safety.
This very day he will halt at Nob, he will shake his fist at the mount of daughter Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
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