Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
Then Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria came against Ahaz; he oppressed him and did not give him support.
Although Ahaz plundered the LORD's temple and the palace of the king and of the rulers and gave the plunder to the king of Assyria, it did not help him.
A despairing man should receive loyalty from his friends, even if he abandons the fear of the Almighty.
My brothers are as treacherous as a wadi, as seasonal streams that overflow
and become darkened because of ice, and the snow melts into them.
The wadis evaporate in warm weather; they disappear from their channels in hot weather.
Caravans turn away from their routes, go up into the desert, and perish.
The caravans of Tema look [for these streams]. The traveling merchants of Sheba hope for them.
They are ashamed because they had been confident [of finding water]. When they arrive there, they are frustrated.
Woe to the rebellious children! [This is] the LORD's declaration. They carry out a plan, but not Mine, They make an alliance, but against My will, piling sin on top of sin.
They set out to go down to Egypt without asking My advice, in order to seek shelter under Pharaoh's protection and take refuge in Egypt's shadow.
But Pharaoh's protection will become your shame, and refuge in Egypt's shadow your disgrace.
Look, you are trusting in Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff, which will enter and pierce the hand of anyone who leans on it. This is how Pharaoh king of Egypt is to all who trust in him.
Then all the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am the LORD, for they have been a staff [made] of reed to the house of Israel.
When Israel grasped you by the hand, you splintered, tearing all their shoulders; when they leaned on you, you shattered and made all their hips unsteady.
At my first defense, no one came to my assistance, but everyone deserted me. May it not be counted against them.