Isaiah 10

MLV(i) 1 Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees and to the writers who write perverseness, 2 to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil and that they may make the fatherless their prey!
3 And what will you* do in the day of visitation and in the desolation which will come from far? To whom will you* flee for help? And where will you* leave your* glory? 4 They will only bow down under the prisoners and will fall under the slain.
For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
5 Ho, Assyrian, the rod of my anger, the staff in whose hand is my indignation! 6 I will send him against a profane nation and against the people of my wrath. I will give him a charge, to take the spoil and to take the prey and to tread them down like the mud of the streets.
7 However he does not so reason, nor does his heart so think, but it is in his heart to destroy and to cut off nations not a few. 8 For he says, Are not my rulers all of them kings? 9 Is not Calno as Carchemish? Is not Hamath as Arpad? Is not Samaria as Damascus? 10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols, whose graven images excelled those of Jerusalem and of Samaria, 11 shall I not, as I have done to Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?
12 Therefore it will happen, that, when the Lord has performed his whole work upon Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the glory of his high looks.
13 For he has said, I have done it by the strength of my hand and by my wisdom, for I have understanding. And I have removed the bounds of the peoples and have robbed their treasures. And like a valiant man I have brought down those who sit on thrones. 14 And my hand has found as a nest the riches of the peoples. And like a gathering of eggs that are forsaken, I have gathered all the earth. And there was none that moved the wing, or that opened the mouth, or chirped.
15 Shall the axe boast itself against he who hews with it? Shall the saw magnify itself against he who wields it? As if a rod should wield those who lift it up, or as if a staff should lift up he who is not wood.
16 Therefore will the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, send among his fat ones, leanness and under his glory there will be kindled a burning like the burning of fire. 17 And the light of Israel will be for a fire and his Holy One for a flame and it will burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day. 18 And he will consume the glory of his forest and of his fruitful field, both soul and body. And it will be as when a standard-bearer faints. 19 And the remnant of the trees of his forest will be few, so that a child may write them.
20 And it will happen in that day, that the remnant of Israel and those who are escaped of the house of Jacob, will no more again lean upon him who killed* them, but will lean upon Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. 21 A remnant will return, even the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. 22 For though your people, Israel, be as the sand of the sea, a remnant of them will return. A destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness. 23 For a full end and that determined, the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, will make in the midst of all the earth.
24 Therefore the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, says thus O my people who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian, though he slays you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, according to the manner of Egypt. 25 For yet a very little while and the indignation will be accomplished and my anger is to his destruction.
26 And Jehovah of hosts will stir up against him a scourge as in the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb. And his rod will be over the sea and he will lift it up according to the manner of Egypt. 27 And it will happen in that day, that his burden will depart from your shoulder and his yoke from your neck and the yoke will be destroyed because of fatness.
28 He has come to Aiah. He has passed through Migron. At Michmash he lays up his baggage. 29 They have gone over the pass. They have taken up their lodging at Geba. Ramah trembles. Gibeah of Saul has fled.
30 Cry aloud with your voice, O daughter of Gallim! Listen, O Laishah! O you poor Anathoth! 31 Madmenah is a fugitive. The inhabitants of Gebim flee for safety. 32 This very day he will halt at Nob. He shakes his hand at the mountain of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
33 Behold, the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, will lop off the branches with terror. And the high of stature will be hewn down and the lofty will be brought low. 34 And he will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron and Lebanon will fall by a mighty one.