"Woe to Assyria, g the rod of My anger
And the staff in whose hand is My indignation. 6 I will send him against h an ungodly nation,
And against the people of My wrath
I will i give him charge,
To seize the spoil, to take the prey,
And to tread them down like the mire of the streets. 7 j Yet he does not mean so,
Nor does his heart think so;
But it is in his heart to destroy,
And cut off not a few nations. 8 k For he says,
' Are not my princes altogether kings? 9 Is not l Calno m like Carchemish?
Is not Hamath like Arpad?
Is not Samaria n like Damascus? 10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols,
Whose carved images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria, 11 As I have done to Samaria and her idols,
Shall I not do also to Jerusalem and her idols?' "
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has 1 performed all His work o on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, p "I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks."
q For he says:
"By the strength of my hand I have done it,
And by my wisdom, for I am prudent;
Also I have removed the boundaries of the people,
And have robbed their treasuries;
So I have put down the inhabitants like a 2 valiant man. 14 r My hand has found like a nest the riches of the people,
And as one gathers eggs that are left,
I have gathered all the earth;
And there was no one who moved his wing,
Nor opened his mouth with even a peep."
Shall s the ax boast itself against him who chops with it?
Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it?
As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up,
Or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood! 16 Therefore the Lord, the 3 Lord of hosts,
Will send leanness among his fat ones;
And under his glory
He will kindle a burning
Like the burning of a fire. 17 So the Light of Israel will be for a fire,
And his Holy One for a flame;
t It will burn and devour
His thorns and his briers in one day. 18 And it will consume the glory of his forest and of u his fruitful field,
Both soul and body;
And they will be as when a sick man wastes away. 19 Then the rest of the trees of his forest
Will be so few in number
That a child may write them.