Woe to them that decree unrighteous decrees, and to the writers that 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 plunder, 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 shall come from far? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your glory? 4 They shall only bow down under the prisoners, and shall 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 will I give him a charge, to take the plunder, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. 7 However he means not so, neither does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off nations not a few. 8 For he says, Are not my princes 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 carved images did excel them 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 shall come to pass, that, when Yahweh has performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks. 13 For 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 bounds of the peoples, and have robbed their treasures, and like a valiant man I have brought down them that sit on thrones: 14 and my hand has found as a nest the riches of the peoples; and as one gathers eggs that are forsaken, have I 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 him that hews with it? Shall the saw magnify itself against him that wields it? As if a rod should wield them that lift it up, or as if a staff should lift up him that is not wood. 16 Therefore will the Sovereign Yahweh of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory there shall 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 shall be as when a standard-bearer faints. 19 And the remnant of the trees of his forest shall be few, so that a child may write them down.
20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and they that have escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again lean upon him that struck them, but shall lean upon Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. 21 A remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty El. 22 For though your people, Israel, be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them shall return: a destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness. 23 For a full end, and that determined, will the Sovereign Yahweh of hosts, make in the midst of all the earth.
24 Therefore thus says the Sovereign, Yahweh of hosts, O my people that dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian, though he strikes you with the rod, and lifts up his staff against you, after the manner of Egypt. 25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation against you shall be accomplished, and my anger shall be directed to his destruction. 26 And Yahweh 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 after the manner of Egypt. 27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall depart from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed by reason of fatness.
28 He has come to Aiath, 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 shall he halt at Nob: he shakes his hand at the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem. 33 Behold, the Sovereign, Yahweh of hosts, will lop the boughs with terror: and the high of stature shall be hewn down, and the lofty shall be brought low. 34 And he will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.
And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots shall bear fruit: 2 and the Spirit of Yahweh shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Yahweh; 3 and his delight shall be in the fear of Yahweh; and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither decide after the hearing of his ears; 4 but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he kill the wicked. 5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist, and faithfulness the girdle of his loins.
6 And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall he down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea.
10 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the root of Jesse, that stands for an ensign of the peoples, to him shall the nations seek; and his resting-place shall be glorious.
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Yahweh will set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, that shall remain, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 And he will set up an ensign for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. 13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and they that vex Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. 14 And they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines on the west; together shall they despoil the children of the east: they shall put forth their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them. 15 And Yahweh will utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his scorching wind will he wave his hand over the River, and will strike it into seven streams, and cause men to march over dryshod. 16 And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people, that shall remain, from Assyria; like as there was for Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
And in that day you shall say, I will give thanks to you, O Yahweh; for though you were angry with me, your anger is turned away, and you comfort me. 2 Behold, El is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid: for in Yah Yahweh is my strength and song; and he has become my salvation. 3 Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation. 4 And in that day shall you say, Give thanks to Yahweh, call upon his name, declare his doings among the peoples, make mention that his name is exalted. 5 Sing to Yahweh; for he has done excellent things: let this be known in all the earth. 6 Cry aloud and shout, you inhabitant of Zion; for great in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.