31 ·How terrible it will be for [L Woe to] those people who go down to Egypt for help. ·They think horses will save them [L …who rely on horses]. ·They think [L …who trust in] their many chariots and strong horsemen will save them [Ps. 20:7]. But they don’t trust God, the Holy One of Israel [1:4], or ask the Lord for help. 2 But he is wise and can bring them disaster. He does not ·change his warnings [take back his words]. He will rise up and fight against the ·evil people [L house of evildoers] and against those who try to help ·evil people [sinners; workers of iniquity]. 3 The Egyptians are only people and are not God. Their horses are ·only animals [L flesh] and are not spirit. The Lord will stretch out his arm, and the one who helps will stumble, and the people who wanted help will fall. All of them will ·be destroyed [perish] together.
4 The Lord says this to me:
“When a lion or a ·lion’s cub [young lion], stands over ·the dead animal it has killed [its prey] and roars. A band of shepherds may be assembled against it, but the lion will not be afraid of their yelling or upset by their noise. So the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] will come down to fight on Mount Zion and on its hill. 5 The Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] will ·defend [protect] Jerusalem like birds flying over their nests. He will ·defend [protect] and save it; he will ‘pass over’ and save Jerusalem.”
6 You children of Israel, come back to the God you ·fought [rebelled; revolted] against. 7 ·The time is coming when [L For in that day] each of you will ·stop worshiping [throw/cast away] idols of gold and silver, which ·you sinned by making [your sinful hands have made].
8 “Assyria will ·be defeated [fall] by a sword, but not ·the sword of a person [of man]; Assyria will be ·destroyed [devoured], but not by a person’s sword. Assyria will run away from the ·sword of God [L sword], but its young men will be caught and made slaves. 9 ·They will panic, and [From terror] their ·protection [or strong ones; rock] will be destroyed. Their ·commanders [officers; princes] will be terrified when they see ·God’s battle flag [L the standard/flag],” says the Lord, whose fire is in ·Jerusalem [L Zion; 1:27] and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.
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