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10 Woes to those who make unjust laws,
to those who issue oppressive decrees,t
2 to depriveu the poor of their rights
and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,v
making widows their prey
and robbing the fatherless.w
3 What will you do on the day of reckoning,x
when disastery comes from afar?
To whom will you run for help?z
Where will you leave your riches?
4 Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captivesa
or fall among the slain.b
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,c
his hand is still upraised.
6 I send him against a godlessi nation,
to seize loot and snatch plunder,l
and to tramplem them down like mud in the streets.
7 But this is not what he intends,n
this is not what he has in mind;
his purpose is to destroy,
to put an end to many nations.
8 ‘Are not my commanderso all kings?’ he says.
10 As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols,v
kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria—
as I dealt with Samaria and her idols?w’ ”
12 When the Lord has finished all his workx against Mount Ziony and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyriaz for the willful pridea of his heart and the haughty lookb in his eyes. 13 For he says:
and by my wisdom, because I have understanding.
I removed the boundaries of nations,
I plundered their treasures;e
14 As one reaches into a nest,g
so my hand reached for the wealthh of the nations;
as people gather abandoned eggs,
so I gathered all the countries;i
not one flapped a wing,
or opened its mouth to chirp.j’ ”
or the saw boast against the one who uses it?k
As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up,
or a clubl brandish the one who is not wood!
like a blazing flame.
17 The Light of Israel will become a fire,q
their Holy Oner a flame;
in a single day it will burn and consume
18 The splendor of his forestsu and fertile fields
it will completely destroy,v
as when a sick person wastes away.
that a child could write them down.
20 In that dayy the remnant of Israel,
the survivorsz of Jacob,
will no longer relya on him
who struck them downb
but will truly relyc on the Lord,
the Holy One of Israel.d
will return to the Mighty God.g
22 Though your people be like the sandh by the sea, Israel,
only a remnant will return.i
Destruction has been decreed,j
overwhelming and righteous.
“My people who live in Zion,m
do not be afraidn of the Assyrians,
and lift up a club against you, as Egypt did.
25 Very soonq my anger against you will end
26 The Lord Almighty will lasht them with a whip,
as when he struck down Midianu at the rock of Oreb;
as he did in Egypt.
the yokeb will be broken
because you have grown so fat.c
they pass through Migron;c
“We will camp overnight at Geba.f”
30 Cry out, Daughter Gallim!j
the people of Gebim take cover.
32 This day they will halt at Nob;l
they will shake their fistm
at the mount of Daughter Zion,n
at the hill of Jerusalem.
will lop offo the boughs with great power.
The lofty trees will be felled,p
34 He will cut downs the forest thickets with an ax;
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