|Isaiah 10 |
1 "Woe to those officials who write unrighteous decrees and then enforce those unjust laws;
2 To turn aside the poor from judgment, and to take away the rights of my poor people, making widows their prey, and robbing the fatherless!
3 And what will you do on the day of visitation, and the desolation which shall come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? With whom will you leave your wealth and glory?
4 Without me they shall bow down among the prisoners, and they shall fall among the slain; and even by this, his anger is not turned away, but his hand is still stretched out.
5 O Assyrian, who is serves as the rod of my anger and the staff in whose hand is my indignation.
6 I will send him against a hypocritical godless nation and against the people of my wrath; I will order him to take the spoil, to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets."
7 However, this is not his purpose, neither his heart's intent; instead it is in his heart to destroy and cut off many nations.
8 For he said, "Are not my princes altogether kings?
9 Is not Calno as Carchemish? Is not Hamath as Arpad? Is not Samaria as Damascus?'
10 As my hand has seized the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images excelled those of Jerusalem and of Samaria;
11 Shall I not, as I have done to Samaria and her idols, do the same to Jerusalem and her idols?
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord has performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his prideful looks."
13 For he said, "By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man.
14 And my hand has found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathers eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.
15 Shall the axe boast itself against him that hacks with it? Or shall the saw magnify itself against him who saws with it? Such is as if the rod could shake itself against those who lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.
16 Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.
17 And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame; and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;
18 And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body. They shall be as when a standard-bearer faints.
19 And the rest of the trees of his forest will be so few, that a child could record them.
20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again think about him who oppressed them; but shall keep their thoughts upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.
22 For though your people Israel are as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return. The destruction decreed will abound as just and righteous.
23 For the Lord GOD of hosts shall create destruction as he has determined in the midst of all the land."
24 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, "O my people that dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against you, after the manner of Egypt.
25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and my anger in their destruction.
26 And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.
27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck; and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
28 He is come to Aiath, he is passed to Migron; at Michmash he has laid up his carriages.
29 They are gone over the passage. They have taken up their lodging at Geba; Ramah is afraid; Gibeah of Saul is fled.
30 Lift up your voice, O daughter of Gallim. Cause it to be heard by Laish, O poor Anathoth.
31 Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.
32 As yet he shall he remain at Nob that day. He shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
33 Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror; and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.
34 And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.
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