Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which
they have prescribed;
To turn aside the needy from judgement, and to take away the right from the poor of
my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!
And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall
come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?
Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the
slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out
O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine
I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath
will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them
down like the mire of the streets.
Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart
to destroy and cut off nations not a few.
For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings?
Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as
As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel
them of Jerusalem and of Samaria;
Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her
Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work
upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the
king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am
prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures,
and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man:
And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth
eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the
wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.
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
Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and
under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.
And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it
shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;
And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and
body: and they shall be as when a standard-bearer fainteth.
And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are
escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but
shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.
For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall
return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst
of all the land.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be
not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff
against thee, after the manner of Egypt.
For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in
And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of
Midian at the rock of Oreb: and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up
after the manner of Egypt.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off
thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because
of the anointing.
He is come to Aiath, he is passed to Migron; at Michmash he hath laid up his
They are gone over the passage: they have taken up their lodging at Geba; Ramah is
afraid; Gibeah of Saul is fled.
Lift up thy voice, O daughter of Gallim: cause it to be heard unto Laish, O poor
Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.
As yet shall he remain at Nob that day: he shall shake his hand against the mount
of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high
ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.
And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall
by a mighty one.