Isaiah 10
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Woe to Tyrants

1Woe to those who enact unjust statutes

and issue oppressive decrees,

2to deprive the poor of fair treatment

and withhold justice from the oppressed of My people,

to make widows their prey

and orphans their plunder.

3What will you do on the day of reckoning

when devastation comes from afar?

To whom will you flee for help?

Where will you leave your wealth?

4Nothing will remain but to crouch among the captives

or fall among the slain.

Despite all this, His anger is not turned away;

His hand is still upraised.

Judgment on Assyria

5Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger;

the staff in their hands is My wrath.

6I will send him against a godless nation;

I will dispatch him against a people destined for My rage,

to take spoils and seize plunder,

and to trample them down like clay in the streets.

7But this is not his intention;

this is not his plan.

For it is in his heart to destroy

and cut off many nations.

8“Are not all my commanders kings?” he says.

9“Is not Calno like Carchemish?

Is not Hamath like Arpad?

Is not Samaria like Damascus?

10As my hand seized the idolatrous kingdoms

whose images surpassed those of Jerusalem and Samaria,

11and as I have done to Samaria and its idols,

will I not also do to Jerusalem and her idols?”

12So when the Lord has completed all His work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, He will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the fruit of his arrogant heart and the proud look in his eyes. 13For he says:

‘By the strength of my hand I have done this,

and by my wisdom, for I am clever.

I have removed the boundaries of nations

and plundered their treasures;

like a mighty one I subdued their rulers.

14My hand reached as into a nest

to seize the wealth of the nations.

Like one gathering abandoned eggs,

I gathered all the earth.

No wing fluttered,

no beak opened or chirped.’”

15Does an ax raise itself above the one who swings it?

Does a saw boast over him who saws with it?

It would be like a staff waving the one who lifts it!

It would be like a staff lifting him who is not wood!

16Therefore the Lord GOD of Hosts will send a wasting disease

among Assyria’s stout warriors,

and under his pomp will be kindled

a fire like a burning flame.

17And the Light of Israel will become a fire,

and its Holy One a flame.

In a single day it will burn and devour

Assyria’s thorns and thistles.

18The splendor of its forests and orchards,

both soul and body,

it will completely destroy,

as a sickness consumes a man.

19The remaining trees of its forests will be so few

that a child could count them.

A Remnant Shall Return

20On that day the remnant of Israel

and the survivors of the house of Jacob

will no longer depend

on him who struck them,

but they will truly rely on the LORD,

the Holy One of Israel.

21A remnant will returna —a remnant of Jacob—

to the Mighty God.

22Though your people, O Israel, be like the sand of the sea,

only a remnant will return.b

Destruction has been decreed,

overflowing with righteousness.

23For the Lord GOD of Hosts will carry out

the destruction decreed upon the whole land.c

24Therefore this is what the Lord GOD of Hosts says:

“O My people who dwell in Zion,

do not fear Assyria,

who strikes you with a rod

and lifts his staff against you

as the Egyptians did.

25For in just a little while

My fury against you will subside,

and My anger will turn to their destruction.”

26And the LORD of Hosts will brandish a whip against them,

as when He struck Midian at the rock of Oreb.

He will raise His staff over the sea,

as He did in Egypt.

27On that day the burden will be lifted from your shoulders,

and the yoke from your neck.

The yoke will be broken

because your neck will be too large.d

28Assyria has entered Aiath

and passed through Migron,

storing their supplies at Michmash.

29They have crossed at the ford:

“We will spend the night at Geba.”

Ramah trembles;

Gibeah of Saul flees.

30Cry aloud, O Daughter of Gallim!

Listen, O Laishah!

O wretched Anathoth!

31Madmenah flees;

the people of Gebim take refuge.

32Yet today they will halt at Nob,

shaking a fist at the mount of Daughter Zion,

at the hill of Jerusalem.

33Behold, the Lord GOD of Hosts

will lop off the branches with terrifying power.

The tall trees will be cut down,

the lofty ones will be felled.

34He will clear the forest thickets with an ax,

and Lebanon will fall before the Mighty One.



Footnotes:

21 a Hebrew Shear-jashub; also in verse 22; see Isaiah 7:3
22 b LXX though the people of Israel be like the sand of the sea, only a remnant will be saved; cited in Romans 9:27
23 c LXX He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness, because the Lord will make a short work in all the world; cited in Romans 9:28
27 d Literally broken because of fatness; LXX broken from your shoulders


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