Isaiah 31

Help Not in Egypt but in God

1 Woe to those who go down to 1Egypt for help And 2rely on horses, And trust in chariots because they are many And in horsemen because they are very strong, But they do not 3look to the 4Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!
2 Yet He also is 5wise and will 6bring disaster And does 7not retract His words, But will arise against the house of 8evildoers And against the help of the 9workers of iniquity.
3 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 end together.
4 For thus says the LORD to me, "As the 14lion or the young lion growls over his prey, Against which a band of shepherds is called out, And he will not be terrified at their voice nor disturbed at their noise, So will the LORD of hosts come down to wage 15war on Mount Zion and on its hill."
5 Like flying 16birds so the LORD of hosts will protect Jerusalem. He will 17protect and deliver it; He will pass over and rescue it.
6 18Return to Him from whom you have 19deeply defected, O sons of Israel.
7 For in that day every man will 20cast away his silver idols and his gold idols, which your 21sinful hands have made for you as 22a sin.
8 And the 23Assyrian will fall by a sword not of man, And a 24sword not of man will devour him. So he will 25not escape the sword, And his young men will become 26forced laborers.
9 "His 27rock will pass away because of panic, And his princes will be terrified at the 28standard," Declares the LORD, whose 29fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.
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