Isaiah 10:5
New International Version
“Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath!

New Living Translation
“What sorrow awaits Assyria, the rod of my anger. I use it as a club to express my anger.

English Standard Version
Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury!

Berean Study Bible
Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger; the staff in their hands is My wrath.

King James Bible
O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

New King James Version
“Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger And the staff in whose hand is My indignation.

New American Standard Bible
Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger And the staff in whose hands is My indignation,

NASB 1995
Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger And the staff in whose hands is My indignation,

NASB 1977
Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger And the staff in whose hands is My indignation,

Amplified Bible
Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger [against Israel], The staff in whose hand is My indignation and fury [against Israel’s disobedience]!

Christian Standard Bible
Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger — the staff in their hands is my wrath.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger— the staff in their hands is My wrath.

American Standard Version
Ho Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, the staff in whose hand is mine indignation!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Woe to the Assyrian! He is the rod of my anger, and the staff of my scourge is in their hands

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Woe to the Assyrians; the rod of my wrath, and anger are in their hands.

Contemporary English Version
The Lord says: I am furious! And I will use the king of Assyria as a club

Douay-Rheims Bible
Woe to the Assyrian, he is the rod and the staff of my anger, and my indignation is in their hands.

English Revised Version
Ho Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, the staff in whose hand is mine indignation!

Good News Translation
The LORD said, "Assyria! I use Assyria like a club to punish those with whom I am angry.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"How horrible it will be for Assyria! It is the rod of my anger. My fury is the staff in the Assyrians' hands.

International Standard Version
"How terrible it will be for Assyria, the rod of my anger! The club is in their hands!

JPS Tanakh 1917
O Asshur, the rod of Mine anger, In whose hand as a staff is Mine indignation!

Literal Standard Version
“Woe [to] Asshur, a rod of My anger, And My indignation [is] a staff in their hand.

NET Bible
Assyria, the club I use to vent my anger, is as good as dead, a cudgel with which I angrily punish.

New Heart English Bible
Alas Assyrian, the rod of my anger, the staff in whose hand is my indignation.

World English Bible
Alas Assyrian, the rod of my anger, the staff in whose hand is my indignation!

Young's Literal Translation
Woe to Asshur, a rod of Mine anger, And a staff in their hand is Mine indignation.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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.…

Cross References
2 Kings 19:25
Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained it; in days of old I planned it. Now I have brought it to pass, that you should crush fortified cities into piles of rubble.

Isaiah 7:17
The LORD will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since the day Ephraim separated from Judah--He will bring the king of Assyria."

Isaiah 7:20
On that day the Lord will use a razor hired from beyond the Euphrates--the king of Assyria--to shave your head and the hair of your legs, and to remove your beard as well.

Isaiah 8:7
the Lord will surely bring against them the mighty floodwaters of the Euphrates--the king of Assyria and all his pomp. It will overflow its channels and overrun its banks.

Isaiah 10:15
Does an axe raise itself above the one who swings it? Does a saw boast over him who saws with it? It would be like a rod waving the one who lifts it, or a staff lifting him who is not wood!

Isaiah 10:25
For in just a little while My fury against you will subside, and My anger will turn to their destruction."

Isaiah 13:5
They are coming from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens--the LORD and the weapons of His wrath--to destroy the whole country.


Treasury of Scripture

O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my indignation.

O Assyrian.

Genesis 10:11
Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,

the rod

Isaiah 10:15
Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.

Isaiah 8:4
For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.

Isaiah 14:5,6
The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers…

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(5) O Assyrian.--The words open, as has been said above, a perfectly distinct section. Assyria had been named in connection with the Syro-Ephraim alliance against Judah (Isaiah 7:17-20; Isaiah 8:7-8); but this is the first prophetic utterance of which it is the direct subject. Anticipating the phraseology of Isaiah 13:1, we might call it the "burden of Assyria." In the judgment of the best Assyrian scholars, some years had passed since the date of the alliance and invasion. Tiglath ? pileser had taken Damascus and reduced Samaria to submission. Pekah and Ahaz had met at Damascus to do homage to their common suzerain. In B.C. 727 Salmaneser succeeded to the throne of Assyria, and began the conquest of Samaria and the deportation of the Ten Tribes in B.C. 722 (2Kings 17:3-6). On his death, in B.C. 721, the throne was seized by Sargon, who had been his Tartan, or commander-in-chief (Isaiah 20:1). The achievements of this king are recorded at length in an inscription discovered by M. Botta at Khorsabad (Records of the Past, vii. 28. Lenormant's Manual, 1 p. 392). In it he says:--"I besieged, took, and occupied the city of Samaria, and carried into captivity 27,280 of its inhabitants. I changed the form of government of the country, and placed over it lieutenants of my own." In another inscription discovered at Kouyunyik, but unfortunately incomplete, Sargon speaks of himself as "the conqueror of the far-off land of Judah" (Layard, Inscriptions, 33:8). It was probably to this king, exulting in his triumphs and threatening an attack on Judah, and not (as was commonly thought prior to the discovery of the inscription) to his son Sennacherib, who succeeded him B.C. 704, that the prophet now addressed himself. The first words proclaim that the great king was but an instrument working out the Divine intent, the "rod," and the "staff," the "axe" and the "saw" (Isaiah 10:15). So in Isaiah 7:20, the earlier king of Assyria is as "the razor that is hired." So Nebuchadnezzar in Jeremiah 51:20 is the "battle-axe" or "hammer" of Jehovah. (Comp. Isaiah 37:26.) . . . Verses 5-19. - ASSYRIA, AFTER BEING GOD'S INSTRUMENT TO PUNISH ISRAEL, SHALL HERSELF BE PUNISHED IN HER TURN. The wicked are a sword in the hand of God (Psalm 17:13), wherewith he executes his judgments; but this fact is hid from them, and they imagine that they are successful through their own strength and might. So it was with Assyria (vers. 5-14), which its long career of victory had made proud and arrogant above measure. God now, by the mouth of Isaiah, makes known his intention of bringing down the pride of Assyria, and laying her glory in the dust, by a sudden and great destruction (vers. 15:19), after she has served his purposes. Verse 5. - O Assyrian; literally, Ho! Asshur. "Asshur" is the nation personified, and is here addressed as an individual. The transition from vers. 1-4 is abrupt, and may be taken to indicate an accidental juxtaposition of two entirely distinct prophecies. Or Assyria may be supposed to have been in the prophet's thought, though not in his words, when he spoke of "prisoners" and "slain" in the first clause of ver. 4. The rod of mine anger (comp. Jeremiah 51:20, where it is said of Babylon, "Thou art my battle-axe and weapons of war; for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy the kingdoms"). So Assyria was now the "rod" wherewith God chastised his enemies. The true "staff" in the hand of Assyria, wherewith she smote the peoples, was "God's indignation."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Woe
ה֥וֹי (hō·w)
Interjection
Strong's 1945: Ah! alas! ha!

to Assyria,
אַשּׁ֖וּר (’aš·šūr)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 804: Ashshur

the rod
שֵׁ֣בֶט (šê·ḇeṭ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7626: Rod, staff, club, scepter, tribe

of My anger;
אַפִּ֑י (’ap·pî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 639: The nose, nostril, the face, a person, ire

the staff
וּמַטֶּה־ (ū·maṭ·ṭeh-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4294: A staff, rod, shaft, branch, a tribe

in their hands
בְיָדָ֖ם (ḇə·yā·ḏām)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 3027: A hand

is My wrath.
זַעְמִֽי׃ (za‘·mî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 2195: Froth at the mouth, fury


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