Bible: Isa 10:5-19

The Lord Turns on Arrogant Assyria

10:5 Assyria, the club I use to vent my anger, is as good as dead, 1 

a cudgel with which I angrily punish. 2 

10:6 I sent him 3  against a godless 4  nation,

I ordered him to attack the people with whom I was angry, 5 

to take plunder and to carry away loot,

to trample them down 6  like dirt in the streets.

10:7 But he does not agree with this,

his mind does not reason this way, 7 

for his goal is to destroy,

and to eliminate many nations. 8 

10:8 Indeed, 9  he says:

“Are not my officials all kings?

10:9 Is not Calneh like Carchemish?

Hamath like Arpad?

Samaria like Damascus? 10 

10:10 I overpowered kingdoms ruled by idols, 11 

whose carved images were more impressive than Jerusalem’s 12  or Samaria’s.

10:11 As I have done to Samaria and its idols,

so I will do to Jerusalem and its idols.” 13 

10:12 But when 14  the sovereign master 15  finishes judging 16  Mount Zion and Jerusalem, then I 17  will punish the king of Assyria for what he has proudly planned and for the arrogant attitude he displays. 18  10:13 For he says:

“By my strong hand I have accomplished this,

by my strategy that I devised.

I invaded the territory of nations, 19 

and looted their storehouses.

Like a mighty conqueror, 20  I brought down rulers. 21 

10:14 My hand discovered the wealth of the nations, as if it were in a nest,

as one gathers up abandoned eggs,

I gathered up the whole earth.

There was no wing flapping,

or open mouth chirping.” 22 

10:15 Does an ax exalt itself over the one who wields it,

or a saw magnify itself over the one who cuts with it? 23 

As if a scepter should brandish the one who raises it,

or a staff should lift up what is not made of wood!

10:16 For this reason 24  the sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies, will make his healthy ones emaciated. 25  His majestic glory will go up in smoke. 26 

10:17 The light of Israel 27  will become a fire,

their Holy One 28  will become a flame;

it will burn and consume the Assyrian king’s 29  briers

and his thorns in one day.

10:18 The splendor of his forest and his orchard

will be completely destroyed, 30 

as when a sick man’s life ebbs away. 31 

10:19 There will be so few trees left in his forest,

a child will be able to count them. 32 

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