Woe unto them that decree6 unrighteous decrees, and that write18 grievousness [which] they have prescribed;14
To turn aside53 the needy from judgment, and to take away2 the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and [that] they may rob4 the fatherless!
And what will ye do4 in the day of visitation, and in the desolation [which] shall come4 from far? to whom will ye flee4 for help? and where will ye leave4 your glory?
Without me they shall bow down1 under the prisoners, and they shall fall4 under the slain.7 For all this his anger is not turned away,1 but his hand [is] stretched out7 still.
O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
I will send17 him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge,17 to take2 the spoil, and to take2 the prey, and to tread them2 down like the mire of the streets.
Howbeit he meaneth17 not so, neither doth his heart think4 so; but [it is] in his heart to destroy53 and cut off53 nations not a few.
For he saith,4 [Are] not my princes altogether kings?
[Is] not Calno as Carchemish? [is] not Hamath as Arpad? [is] not Samaria as Damascus?
As my hand hath found1 the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria;
Shall I not, as I have done1 unto Samaria and her idols, so do4 to Jerusalem and her idols?
Wherefore it shall come to pass, [that] when the Lord hath performed17 his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish4 the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
For he saith,1 By the strength of my hand I have done1 [it], and by my wisdom; for I am prudent:8 and I have removed55 the bounds of the people, and have robbed22 their treasures, 6264 and I have put down55 the inhabitants6 like a valiant 3524 [man]:
And my hand hath found4 as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth2 eggs [that are] left,7 have I gathered1 all the earth; and there was none that moved6 the wing, or opened6 the mouth, or peeped.47
Shall the axe boast101 itself against him that heweth6 therewith? [or] shall the saw magnify101 itself against him that shaketh56 it? as if the rod should shake53 [itself] against them that lift it up,56 [or] as if the staff should lift up53 [itself, as if it were] no wood.
Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord 3068 of hosts, send17 among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle4 a burning like the burning of a fire.
And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn1 and devour1 his thorns and his briers in one day;
And shall consume17 the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standardbearer6 fainteth.2
And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write4 them.
And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more55 again stay9 upon him that smote56 them; but shall stay8 upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
The remnant shall return,4 [even] the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.
For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, [yet] a remnant of them shall return:4 the consumption decreed7 shall overflow6 with righteousness.
For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make6 a consumption, even determined,12 in the midst of all the land.
Therefore thus saith1 the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest6 in Zion, be not afraid4 of the Assyrian: he shall smite55 thee with a rod, and shall lift up4 his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.
For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease,1 and mine anger in their destruction.
And the LORD of hosts shall stir up31 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 up1 after the manner of Egypt.
And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] his burden shall be taken away4 from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed27 because of the anointing.
He is come1 to Aiath, he is passed1 to Migron; at Michmash he hath laid up55 his carriages:
They are gone over1 the passage: they have taken up their lodging at Geba; Ramah is afraid;1 Gibeah of Saul is fled.1
Lift up16 thy voice, O daughter of Gallim: 1554 cause it to be heard54 unto Laish, O poor Anathoth.
Madmenah is removed;1 the inhabitants6 of Gebim 1374 gather52 themselves to flee.
As yet shall he remain2 at Nob that day: he shall shake34 his hand [against] the mount of the daughter 1004 of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop18 the bough with terror: and the high ones6 of stature [shall be] hewn down,7 and the haughty shall be humbled.4
And he shall cut down14 the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall4 by a mighty one.