New International Version
God’s Judgment on Assyria
5 “Woe(A) to the Assyrian,(B) the rod(C) of my anger,
in whose hand is the club(D) of my wrath!(E)
6 I send him against a godless(F) nation,
I dispatch(G) him against a people who anger me,(H)
to seize loot and snatch plunder,(I)
and to trample(J) them down like mud in the streets.
7 But this is not what he intends,(K)
this is not what he has in mind;
his purpose is to destroy,
to put an end to many nations.
8 ‘Are not my commanders(L) all kings?’ he says.
9 ‘Has not Kalno(M) fared like Carchemish?(N)
Is not Hamath(O) like Arpad,(P)
and Samaria(Q) like Damascus?(R)
10 As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols,(S)
kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria—
11 shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images
as I dealt with Samaria and her idols?(T)’”
12 When the Lord has finished all his work(U) against Mount Zion(V) and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria(W) for the willful pride(X) of his heart and the haughty look(Y) in his eyes. 13 For he says:
“‘By the strength of my hand(Z) I have done this,(AA)
and by my wisdom, because I have understanding.
I removed the boundaries of nations,
I plundered their treasures;(AB)
like a mighty one I subdued[a] their kings.(AC)
14 As one reaches into a nest,(AD)
so my hand reached for the wealth(AE) of the nations;
as people gather abandoned eggs,
so I gathered all the countries;(AF)
not one flapped a wing,
or opened its mouth to chirp.(AG)’”
15 Does the ax raise itself above the person who swings it,
or the saw boast against the one who uses it?(AH)
As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up,
or a club(AI) brandish the one who is not wood!
16 Therefore, the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
will send a wasting disease(AJ) upon his sturdy warriors;(AK)
under his pomp(AL) a fire(AM) will be kindled
like a blazing flame.
17 The Light of Israel will become a fire,(AN)
their Holy One(AO) a flame;
in a single day it will burn and consume
his thorns(AP) and his briers.(AQ)
18 The splendor of his forests(AR) and fertile fields
it will completely destroy,(AS)
as when a sick person wastes away.
19 And the remaining trees of his forests(AT) will be so few(AU)
that a child could write them down.
The Remnant of Israel
20 In that day(AV) the remnant of Israel,
the survivors(AW) of Jacob,
will no longer rely(AX) on him
who struck them down(AY)
but will truly rely(AZ) on the Lord,
the Holy One of Israel.(BA)
21 A remnant(BB) will return,[b](BC) a remnant of Jacob
will return to the Mighty God.(BD)
22 Though your people be like the sand(BE) by the sea, Israel,
only a remnant will return.(BF)
Destruction has been decreed,(BG)
overwhelming and righteous.
23 The Lord, the Lord Almighty, will carry out
the destruction decreed(BH) upon the whole land.(BI)
24 Therefore this is what the Lord, the Lord Almighty, says:
“My people who live in Zion,(BJ)
do not be afraid(BK) of the Assyrians,
who beat(BL) you with a rod(BM)
and lift up a club against you, as Egypt did.
25 Very soon(BN) my anger against you will end
and my wrath(BO) will be directed to their destruction.(BP)”
26 The Lord Almighty will lash(BQ) them with a whip,
as when he struck down Midian(BR) at the rock of Oreb;
and he will raise his staff(BS) over the waters,(BT)
as he did in Egypt.
27 In that day(BU) their burden(BV) will be lifted from your shoulders,
their yoke(BW) from your neck;(BX)
the yoke(BY) will be broken
because you have grown so fat.[c]
28 They enter Aiath;
they pass through Migron;(BZ)
they store supplies(CA) at Mikmash.(CB)
29 They go over the pass, and say,
“We will camp overnight at Geba.(CC)”
Gibeah(CE) of Saul flees.(CF)
30 Cry out, Daughter Gallim!(CG)
31 Madmenah is in flight;
the people of Gebim take cover.
32 This day they will halt at Nob;(CI)
they will shake their fist(CJ)
at the mount of Daughter Zion,(CK)
at the hill of Jerusalem.