1Woe to them that write wickedness; for when they write they do write wickedness,
2perverting the cause of the poor, violently wresting the judgment of the needy ones of my people, that the widow may be a prey to them, and the orphan a spoil.
3And what will they do in the day of visitation? for affliction shall come to you from afar: and to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory,
4that ye may not fall into captivity? For all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is yet exalted.
5Woe to the Assyrians; the rod of my wrath, and anger are in their hands.
6I will send my wrath against a sinful nation, and I will charge my people to take plunder and spoil, and to trample the cities, and to make them dust.
7But he meant not thus, neither did he devise thus in his soul: but his mind shall change, and that to destroy nations not a few.
8And if they should say to him, Thou alone art ruler;
9then shall he say, Have I not taken the country above Babylon and Calno, where the tower was built? and have I not taken Arabia, and Damascus, and Samaria?
10As I have taken them, I will also take all the kingdoms: howl, ye idols in Jerusalem, and in Samaria.
11For as I did to Samaria and her idols, so will I do also to Jerusalem and her idols.
12And it shall come to pass, when the Lord shall have finished doing all things on Mount Zion and Jerusalem, that I will visit upon the proud heart, even upon the ruler of the Assyrians, and upon the boastful haughtiness of his eyes.
13For he said, I will act in strength, and in the wisdom of my understanding I will remove the boundaries of nations, and will spoil their strength.
14And I will shake the inhabited cities: and I will take with my hand all the world as a nest: and I will even take them as eggs that have been left; and there is none that shall escape me, or contradict me.
15Shall the axe glorify itself without him that hews with it? or shall the saw lift up itself without him that uses it, as if one should lift a rod or staff? but it shall not be so;
16but the Lord of hosts shall send dishonor upon thine honor, and burning fire shall be kindled upon thy glory.
17And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and he shall sanctify him with burning fire, and it shall devour the wood as grass.
18In that day the mountains shall be consumed, and the hills, and the forests, and fire shall devour both soul and body: and he that flees shall be as one fleeing from burning flame.
19And they that are left of them shall be a small number, and a child shall write them.
20And it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel shall no more join themselves with, and the saved of Jacob shall no more trust in, them that injured them; but they shall trust in the Holy God of Israel, in truth.
21And the remnant of Jacob shall trust on the mighty God.
22And though the people of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant of them shall be saved.
23He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because the Lord will make a short work in all the world.
24Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Be not afraid, my people who dwell in Zion, of the Assyrians, because he shall smite thee with a rod: for I am bringing a stroke upon thee, that thou mayest see the way of Egypt.
25For yet a little while, and the indignation shall cease: but my wrath shall be against their council.
26And God will stir up enemies against them, according to the stroke of Midian in the place of affliction: and his wrath shall be by the way of the sea, even to the way that leads to Egypt.
27And it shall come to pass in that day, that his yoke shall be taken away from thy shoulder, and his fear from thee, and the yoke shall be destroyed from off your shoulders.
28For he shall arrive at the city of Aiath, and shall pass on to Megiddo, and shall lay up his stores in Michmash.
29And he shall pass by the valley, and shall arrive at Aiath: fear shall seize upon Ramah, the city of Saul.
30The daughter of Gallim shall flee; Laishah shall hear; one shall hear in Anathoth.
31Madmenah also is amazed, and the inhabitants of Gebim.
32Exhort ye them today to remain in the way: exhort ye beckoning with the hand the mountain, the daughter of Zion, even ye hills that are in Jerusalem.
33Behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, will mightily confound the glorious ones; and the haughty in pride shall be crushed, and the lofty shall be brought low:
34and the lofty ones shall fall by the sword, and Lebanon shall fall with his lofty ones.