1“Woe to the rebellious children,” says Yahweh, “who take counsel, but not from me, and who make an alliance, but not by my spirit, so that sin is added to sin;
2who set out to go down into Egypt (but have not asked at my mouth), to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh and to take refuge in the shadow of Egypt!
3Therefore the stronghold of Pharaoh will become your shame, and the refuge in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
4Although his officials are at Zoan, and their ambassadors have come to Hanes,
5they will all be put to shame because of a people that cannot profit them, who are not a help or profit but are a shame and also a reproach.”
6The burden of the animals of the Negev. Through the land of trouble and anguish, from where come the lioness and the lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys and their treasures on the humps of camels to a people who cannot profit them.
7For Egypt’s help is worthless and empty, so I have called her “Rahab who sits still.”
8Now go, write it on a tablet in their presence and inscribe it on a scroll, that it may be for the time to come forever and ever.
9For it is a rebellious people, lying children, children who refuse to listen to the law of Yahweh,
10who tell the seers, “Do not see!” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us right things. Tell us pleasant things. Prophesy deceits.
11Get out of the way! Turn aside from the path! Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
12Therefore this is what the Holy One of Israel says, “Because you have rejected this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and rely on it,
13therefore this iniquity will be to you like a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking comes suddenly in an instant.
14He will break it as a potter’s vessel is broken, breaking it in pieces without sparing, so that there will not be found among the broken piece a piece good enough to take fire from the hearth or to dip up water out of the cistern.”
15For thus said the Lord Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, “You will be saved in returning and rest. Your strength will be in quietness and in confidence.” You refused,
16but you said, “No, for we will flee on horses,” therefore you will flee; and, “We will ride on the swift,” therefore those who pursue you will be swift.
171,000 will flee at the threat of one. At the threat of five, you will flee until you are left like a beacon on the top of a mountain and like a banner on a hill.
18Therefore Yahweh will wait, that he may be gracious to you; and therefore he will be exalted, that he may have mercy on you, for Yahweh is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who wait for him.
19For the people will live in Zion at Jerusalem. You will weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. When he hears you, he will answer you.
20Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers will not be hidden anymore, but your eyes will see your teachers,
21and when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.”
22You will defile your carved images that are overlaid with silver and your cast metal images covered with gold. You will cast them away like menstrual cloths. You will say to them, “Be gone!”
23And he will give the rain for your seed with which you sow the ground; and food, the produce of the ground, will be rich and plentiful. In that day, your livestock will feed in large pastures.
24And the oxen and the young donkeys that work the ground will eat seasoned fodder that has been winnowed with the shovel and with the winnowing fork.
25There will be brooks and streams of water on every lofty mountain and on every high hill in the day of the great slaughter when the towers fall.
26Moreover, the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, in the day that Yahweh binds up the fracture of his people and when the severe wound caused by striking them he heals.
27Behold, the name of Yahweh comes from far away, burning with his anger and in thick rising smoke. His lips are full of indignation and his tongue is as a devouring fire.
28His breath is as an overflowing stream that reaches even to the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction; and a bridle that leads to ruin will be in the jaws of the peoples.
29You will have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart as when one goes with a flute to come to Yahweh’s mountain, to Israel’s Rock.
30Yahweh will cause his glorious voice to be heard and will show the descent of his arm, with the indignation of his anger and the flame of a devouring fire, with a blast, storm, and hailstones.
31For through the voice of Yahweh the Assyrian will be dismayed. He will strike him with his rod.
32Every stroke of the rod of punishment that Yahweh will lay on him will be with the sound of tambourines and harps. He will fight with them in battles, brandishing weapons.
33For his Topheth has long been ready. Yes, for the king it is prepared. He has made its pyre deep and large with fire and much wood. Yahweh’s breath, like a stream of sulfur, kindles it.