Woe to those who aenact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions,
So as ato deprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So bthat widows may be their spoil And that they may plunder the orphans.
Now awhat will you do in the bday of punishment, And in the devastation which will come cfrom afar? dTo whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your wealth?
Nothing remains but to crouch among the acaptives Or fall among the bslain. cIn spite of all this, His anger does not turn away And His hand is still stretched out.
Woe to aAssyria, the brod of My anger And the staff in whose hands is cMy indignation,
I send it against a agodless nation And commission it against the bpeople of My fury To capture booty and cto seize plunder, And to trample them down like dmud in the streets.
Yet it adoes not so intend, Nor does it plan so in its heart, But rather it is its purpose to destroy And to cut off many nations.
For it says, "Are not my princes all kings?
"Is not aCalno like bCarchemish, Or cHamath like Arpad, Or dSamaria like eDamascus?
"As my hand has reached to the akingdoms of the idols, Whose graven images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
Shall I not do to Jerusalem and her images Just as I have done to Samaria and aher idols?"
So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His awork on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, "I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and bthe pomp of his haughtiness."
For ahe has said, "By the power of my hand and by my wisdom I did this, For I have understanding; And I bremoved the boundaries of the peoples And plundered their treasures, And like a mighty man I brought down their inhabitants,
And my hand reached to the riches of the peoples like a anest, And as one gathers abandoned eggs, I gathered all the earth; And there was not one that flapped its wing or opened its beak or chirped."
Is the aaxe to bboast itself over the one who chops with it? Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it? That would be like ca club wielding those who lift it, Or like ca rod lifting him who is not wood.
Therefore the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will send a awasting disease among his bstout warriors; And under his cglory a fire will be kindled like a burning flame.
And the alight of Israel will become a fire and his bHoly One a flame, And it will cburn and devour his thorns and his briars in a single day.
And He will adestroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitful garden, both soul and body, And it will be as when a sick man wastes away.
And the arest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number That a child could write them down.
Now in that day the aremnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob bwho have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly crely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.
A aremnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the bmighty God.
For athough your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea, Only a remnant within them will return; A bdestruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.
For a complete destruction, one that is decreed, athe Lord GOD of hosts will execute in the midst of the whole land.
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, "O My people who dwell in aZion, bdo not fear the Assyrian who cstrikes you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, the way Egypt did.
"For in a very alittle while bMy indignation against you will be spent and My anger will be directed to their destruction."
The Lord of hosts will aarouse a scourge against him like the slaughter of bMidian at the rock of Oreb; and His cstaff will be over the sea and He will lift it up dthe way He did in Egypt.
So it will be in that day, that his aburden will be removed from your shoulders and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be broken because bof fatness.
He has come against Aiath, He has passed through aMigron; At bMichmash he deposited his cbaggage.
They have gone through athe pass, saying, "bGeba will be our lodging place." cRamah is terrified, and dGibeah of Saul has fled away.
Cry aloud with your voice, O daughter of aGallim! Pay attention, Laishah and wretched bAnathoth!
Madmenah has fled. The inhabitants of Gebim have sought refuge.
Yet today he will halt at aNob; He bshakes his fist at the mountain of the cdaughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
Behold, the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will lop off the boughs with a terrible crash; Those also who are atall in stature will be cut down And those who are lofty will be abased.
He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an iron axe, And aLebanon will fall by the Mighty One.