Woe to those who enact unjust decrees and draft oppressive legislation
to deprive the impoverished of justice and rob my people's poor of their rights, looting widows and preying on orphans!
What will you do on the day of punishment, when calamity comes from afar? To whom will you flee for help? Where will you leave your wealth,
so as not to squat among the prisoners or fall among the slain? Even after all this, his anger remains, his upraised hand still threatens.
"Oh Ashur, the rod expressing my anger! The club in their hands is my fury!
I am sending him against a hypocritical nation, ordering him to march against a people who enrage me, to take the spoil and the plunder and trample them down like mud in the street.
That is not what Ashur intends, that is not what they think; rather, they mean to destroy, to cut down nation after nation.
For [their king] says, 'Aren't all my commanders kings?