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The Folly of Not Trusting God

31 Woe to those (A)who go down to Egypt for help,
And (B)rely on horses,
Who trust in chariots because they are many,
And in horsemen because they are very strong,
But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
(C)Nor seek the Lord!

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Some trust in chariots, and some in (A)horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

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16 And you said, “No, for we will flee on horses”—
Therefore you shall flee!
And, “We will ride on swift horses”—
Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift!

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16 But he shall not multiply (A)horses for himself, nor cause the people (B)to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for (C)the Lord has said to you, (D)‘You shall not return that way again.’

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A Call to Repentance

For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel:

(A)“Seek Me (B)and live;
But do not seek (C)Bethel,
Nor enter Gilgal,
Nor pass over to (D)Beersheba;
For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,
And (E)Bethel shall come to nothing.
(F)Seek the Lord and live,
Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph,
And devour it,
With no one to quench it in Bethel—
You who (G)turn justice to wormwood,
And lay righteousness to rest in the earth!”

He made the (H)Pleiades and Orion;
He turns the shadow of death into morning
(I)And makes the day dark as night;
He (J)calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the face of the earth;
(K)The Lord is His name.

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13 (A)“As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; (B)yet we have not made our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth.

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Thus says the Lord:

(A)“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes (B)flesh his [a]strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 17:5 Lit. arm

How then will you repel one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen?

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Look! You are trusting in the (A)staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who (B)trust in him.

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Assyria shall (A)not save us,
(B)We will not ride on horses,
Nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, ‘You are our gods.’
(C)For in You the fatherless finds mercy.”

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15 But (A)he rebelled against him by sending his ambassadors to Egypt, (B)that they might give him horses and many people. (C)Will he prosper? Will he who does such things escape? Can he break a covenant and still be delivered?

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13 “For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me, the (A)fountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.

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Futile Confidence in Egypt

30 “Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord,
(A)“Who take counsel, but not of Me,
And who [a]devise plans, but not of My Spirit,
(B)That they may add sin to sin;
(C)Who walk to go down to Egypt,
And (D)have not asked My advice,
To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh,
And to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
(E)Therefore the strength of Pharaoh
Shall be your shame,
And trust in the shadow of Egypt
Shall be your humiliation.
For his princes were at (F)Zoan,
And his ambassadors came to Hanes.
(G)They were all ashamed of a people who could not benefit them,
Or be help or benefit,
But a shame and also a reproach.”

(H)The [b]burden against the beasts of the South.

Through a land of trouble and anguish,
From which came the lioness and lion,
(I)The viper and fiery flying serpent,
They will carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys,
And their treasures on the humps of camels,
To a people who shall not profit;
(J)For the Egyptians shall help in vain and to no purpose.
Therefore I have called her
[c]Rahab-Hem-Shebeth.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 30:1 Lit. weave a web
  2. Isaiah 30:6 oracle, prophecy
  3. Isaiah 30:7 Lit. Rahab Sits Idle

11 (A)You also made a reservoir between the two walls
For the water of the old (B)pool.
But you did not look to its Maker,
Nor did you have respect for Him who fashioned it long ago.

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13 For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them,
Nor do they seek the Lord of hosts.

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16 (A)No king is saved by the multitude of an army;
A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
17 (B)A horse is a [a]vain hope for safety;
Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 33:17 false

Hanani’s Message to Asa

And at that time (A)Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him: (B)“Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the Lord your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand.

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“He shall not return to the land of Egypt;
But the Assyrian shall be his king,
Because they refused to repent.

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13 “Woe to them, for they have fled from Me!
Destruction to them,
Because they have transgressed against Me!
Though (A)I redeemed them,
Yet they have spoken lies against Me.
14 (B)They did not cry out to Me with their heart
When they wailed upon their beds.

“They [a]assemble together for grain and new (C)wine,
[b]They rebel against Me;
15 Though I disciplined and strengthened their arms,
Yet they devise evil against Me;
16 They return, but not [c]to the Most High;
(D)They are like a treacherous bow.
Their princes shall fall by the sword
For the (E)cursings of their tongue.
This shall be their derision (F)in the land of Egypt.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 7:14 So with MT, Tg.; Vg. thought upon; LXX slashed themselves for (cf. 1 Kin. 18:28)
  2. Hosea 7:14 So with MT, Syr., Tg.; LXX omits They rebel against Me; Vg. They departed from Me
  3. Hosea 7:16 Or upward

They are all hot, like an oven,
And have devoured their judges;
All their kings have fallen.
(A)None among them calls upon Me.

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And there is no one who calls on Your name,
Who stirs himself up to take hold of You;
For You have hidden Your face from us,
And have [a]consumed us because of our iniquities.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 64:7 Lit. caused us to melt