The people threatened for their confidence in Egypt, and contempt of God's word. God's mercies toward his church. God's wrath, and the people's joy, in the destruction of Assyria.
1 Woe 1to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that 2take counsel, but not of me; and that 3cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may 4add sin to sin:
2 1That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
3 1Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
4 For his princes 1were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came to Hanes.
5 1They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them, nor be an help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach.
6 1The burden of 2the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, 3from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they 4will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that 5shall not profit them.
7 For 1the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried aconcerning this, 2Their strength is to sit still.
8 ¶ Now go, 1write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for athe time to come for ever and ever:
9 That 1this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:
10 Which say to the 1seers, 2See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, 3speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
11 1Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise 1this word, and trust in aoppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:
13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you 1as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
14 And he shall break it as the breaking of athe potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.
15 For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; 1In returning and 2rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and 3ye would not.
16 But ye said, No; for 1we will flee upon horses; therefore 2shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; 3therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.
17 1One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as aa beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as 2an ensign on an hill.
18 ¶ And therefore will the Lord 1wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and 2therefore will he be 3exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of 4judgment: 5blessed are all they that wait for him.
19 For the people shall 1dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: 2thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; 3when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
20 And though the Lord give you 1the bread of adversity, and the water of aaffliction, yet 2shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:
21 And 1thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is 2the way, walk ye in it, when ye 3turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
22 1Ye shall defile also the covering of athy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt bcast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.
23 1Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that 2day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.
24 The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat aclean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.
25 And 1there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every ahigh hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the 2great slaughter, when the towers fall.
26 Moreover 1the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that 2the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 ¶ Behold, 1the name of the Lord cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the aburden thereof is bheavy: his lips are full of indignation, and 2his tongue as a devouring fire:
28 1And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, 2to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be 3a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.
29 1Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth 2with a pipe to come into 3the mountain of the Lord, to the amighty One of Israel.
30 And the Lord shall cause ahis glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.
31 For 1through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which 2smote with a rod.
32 And ain every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the Lord shall blay upon him, 1it shall be with tabrets and harps: and 2in battles of shaking will he fight cwith it.
33 For 1Tophet is ordained aof old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and 2much wood; 3the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.