Assyria Is God’s Instrument
1Woe to those who enact evil statutes,
2So as to deprive the needy of justice,
3Now what will you do in the day of punishment,
4Nothing remains but to crouch among the captives
5Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger
6I send it against a godless nation
7Yet it does not so intend
8For it says, “Are not my princes all kings?
9“Is not Calno like Carchemish,
10“As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols,
11Shall I not do to Jerusalem and her images
12So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the pomp of his haughtiness.”
13For he has said,
14And my hand reached to the riches of the peoples like a nest,
15Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it?
16Therefore the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will send a wasting disease among his stout warriors;
17And the light of Israel will become a fire and his Holy One a flame,
18And He will destroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitful garden, both soul and body;
19And the rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number
A Remnant Will Return
20Now it will come about in that day that the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.
21A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.
22For though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea,
23For a complete destruction, one that is decreed, the Lord GOD of hosts will execute in the midst of the whole land.
24Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, “O My people who dwell in Zion, do not fear the Assyrian who strikes you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, the way Egypt did. 25“For in a very little while My indignation against you will be spent, and My anger will be directed to their destruction.” 26And the LORD of hosts will arouse a scourge against him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; and His staff will be over the sea, and He will lift it up the way He did in Egypt. 27So it will be in that day, that his burden will be removed from your shoulders and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be broken because of fatness.
28He has come against Aiath,
29They have gone through the pass, saying,
30Cry aloud with your voice, O daughter of Gallim!
31Madmenah has fled.
32Yet today he will halt at Nob;
33Behold, the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will lop off the boughs with a terrible crash;
34And He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an iron axe,