1Woe to those who enact unrighteous laws, and to the writers who write oppressive regulations,
2to deprive the needy of justice and to rob the poor among my people of their rights, so that widows may be their spoil, and so that they may make the fatherless their prey!
3What will you do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation that will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? Where will you leave your wealth?
4Nothing remains but to crouch among the captives or fall among the slain. In spite of all this His anger does not turn away, and his hand is still stretched out.
5Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger, the staff in whose hand is my indignation!
6I will send him against a godless nation, and against the people of my wrath I will give him a command, to take the spoil and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
7But this is not what he intends, and his heart does not think that way; but it is in his heart to destroy and to cut off nations—not a few.
8For he says, “Aren’t all of my officials kings?
9Is not Calno like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad? Is not Samaria like Damascus?”
10As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols, whose carved images exceeded those of Jerusalem and of Samaria,
11will I not, as I have done to Samaria and her Worthless Ones, do also to Jerusalem and her idols?
12Therefore it will happen that when the Lord has performed his whole work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastfulness of his haughty looks.”
13For he has said, “By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I have understanding, and I have removed the boundaries of the peoples, and have robbed their treasures. Like a valiant man I have brought down their rulers.
14My hand has found the riches of the peoples like a nest, and like one gathers eggs that are abandoned I have gathered all the earth. There was no one who moved their wing, or that opened their mouth, or chirped.”
15Should an axe brag against him who chops with it? Should a saw exalt itself above him who saws with it? As if a rod could lift those who lift it up, or as if a staff could lift itself up as if it were not wood.
16Therefore the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, will send leanness among his fat ones, and under his glory a burning will be kindled like the burning of fire.
17The Light of Israel will be a fire, and their Holy One a flame; and it will burn and devour his thorns and his briars in one day.
18He will consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body. It will be as when a standard bearer faints.
19The remnant of the trees of his forest will be few, so that a child could write their number.
20It will come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped will no more lean on him who struck them, but will lean on Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
21A remnant will return, even the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.
22For though your people, Israel, are like the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. A destruction is determined that is overflowing with justice.
23For the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, will make a full end, and that determined, in the midst of all the earth.
24Therefore the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, says “My people who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian, though he strike you with the rod and lift up his staff against you as Egypt did.
25For yet a very little while, and the indignation against you will be accomplished and my anger will be directed to his destruction.”
26Yahweh of Armies will stir up a scourge against him, as in the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb. His rod will be over the sea, and he will lift it up like he did against Egypt.
27It will happen in that day that his burden will depart from off your shoulder and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.
28He has come against Ai.a He has passed through Migron. At Michmash he stores his supplies.
29They have gone over the pass. They have taken up their lodging at Geba. Ramah trembles. Gibeah of Saul has fled.
30Cry aloud with your voice, daughter of Gallim! Listen, Laishah! You poor Anathoth!
31Madmenah is a fugitive. The inhabitants of Gebim flee for safety.
32This very day he will halt at Nob. He shakes his fist at the mountain of Daughter Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
33Behold, the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, will lop the boughs with terror. The tall will be cut down, and the lofty will be brought low.
34He will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.