when the Lord
Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger-- the staff in their hands is My wrath.
I will send him against a godless nation; I will command him [to go] against a people destined for My rage, to take spoils, to plunder, and to trample them down like clay in the streets.
The LORD of Hosts has sworn: As I have planned, so it will be; as I have purposed it, so it will happen.
I will break Assyria in My land; I will tread him down on My mountain. Then his yoke will be taken from them, and his burden will be removed from their shoulders.
This is the plan prepared for the whole earth, and this is the hand stretched out against all the nations.
The LORD of Hosts Himself has planned it; therefore, who can stand in its way? It is His hand that is outstretched, so who can turn it back?
Therefore Jacob's iniquity will be purged in this way, and the result of the removal of his sin will be this: when he makes all the altar stones like crushed bits of chalk, no Asherah poles or incense altars will remain standing.
I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will.
I call a bird of prey from the east, a man for My purpose from a far country. Yes, I have spoken; so I will also bring it about. I have planned it; I will also do it.
Even human wrath will praise You; You will clothe Yourself with their remaining wrath.
For the time has come for judgment to begin with God's household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?
Therefore the Lord God of Hosts will inflict an emaciating disease on the well-fed of Assyria, and He will kindle a burning fire under its glory.
Israel's Light will become a fire, and its Holy One, a flame. In one day it will burn up Assyria's thorns and thistles.
He will completely destroy the glory of its forests and orchards as a sickness consumes a person.
The remaining trees of its forest will be so few in number that a child could count them.
In just a little while My wrath will be spent and My anger will turn to their destruction."
And the LORD of Hosts will brandish a whip against him as [He did when He] struck Midian at the rock of Oreb; and He will raise His staff over the sea as [He did] in Egypt.
On that day his burden will fall from your shoulders, and his yoke from your neck. The yoke will be broken because of [his] fatness.
Assyria has come to Aiath and has gone through Migron, storing his equipment at Michmash.
They crossed over at the ford, saying, "We will spend the night at Geba." The people of Ramah are trembling; those at Gibeah of Saul have fled.
Cry aloud, daughter of Gallim! Listen, Laishah! Anathoth is miserable.
Madmenah has fled. The inhabitants of Gebim have sought refuge.
Today he will stand at Nob, shaking his fist at the mountain of Daughter Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
Look, the Lord God of Hosts will chop off the branches with terrifying power, and the tall [trees] will be cut down, the high [trees] felled.
He is clearing the thickets of the forest with an ax, and Lebanon with its majesty will fall.
Ah! The roar of many peoples-- they roar like the roaring of the seas. The raging of the nations-- they rage like the raging of mighty waters.
The nations rage like the raging of many waters. He rebukes them, and they flee far away, driven before the wind like chaff on the hills and like dead thistles before a gale.
In the evening-- sudden terror! Before morning-- it is gone! This is the fate of those who plunder us and the lot of those who ravage us.
The multitude of all the nations going out to battle against Ariel-- all the attackers, the siege-works against her, and those who oppress her-- will then be like a dream, a vision in the night.
It will be like a hungry one who dreams he is eating, then wakes and is still hungry; and like a thirsty one who dreams he is drinking, then wakes and is still thirsty, longing for water. So will be the multitude of all the nations who go to battle against Mount Zion.
And the LORD will make the splendor of His voice heard and reveal His arm striking in angry wrath and a flame of consuming fire, in driving rain, a torrent, and hailstones.
Assyria will be shattered by the voice of the LORD. He will strike with a rod.
And every stroke of the appointed staff that the LORD brings down on him will be [to the sound] of tambourines and lyres; He will fight against him with brandished weapons.
Indeed! Topheth has been ready for the king for a long time now. His funeral pyre is deep and wide, with plenty of fire and wood. The breath of the LORD, like a torrent of brimstone, kindles it.
Like hovering birds, so the LORD of Hosts will protect Jerusalem-- by protecting [it], He will rescue [it], by sparing [it], He will deliver [it].
Return to the One the Israelites have greatly rebelled against.
For on that day, each one will reject the silver and gold idols that your own hands have sinfully made.
Then Assyria will fall, but not by human sword; a sword will devour him, but not one made by man. He will flee from the sword, his young men will be put to forced labor.
His rock will pass away because of fear, and his officers will be afraid because of the signal flag. [This is] the LORD's declaration-- whose fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.
Then the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. When the people got up the [next] morning-- there were all the dead bodies!
So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and left. He returned [home] and lived in Nineveh.
One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword and escaped to the land of Ararat. Then his son Esar-haddon became king in his place.
Look, all you who kindle a fire, who encircle yourselves with firebrands; walk in the light of your fire and in the firebrands you have lit! This is what you'll get from My hand: you will lie down in a place of torment.
Therefore, this is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: "I am about to punish the king of Babylon and his land just as I punished the king of Assyria.
punish the fruit of the stout heart
All the people-- Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria-- will know it. They will say with pride and arrogance:
Unleash your raging anger; look on every proud person and humiliate him.
Look on every proud person and humble him; trample the wicked where they stand.
You will wipe their descendants from the earth and their offspring from the human race.
"Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.
For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies.
Human pride will be humbled, and the loftiness of men will be brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted on that day.
Humanity is brought low, man is humbled, and haughty eyes are humbled.
For You rescue an afflicted people, but You humble those with haughty eyes.
There is a generation-- how haughty its eyes and pretentious its looks.
"Therefore this is what the Lord God says: Since it became great in height and set its top among the clouds, and it grew proud on account of its height,
[This happened] so that no trees [planted] beside water would become great in height and set their tops among the clouds, and so that no [other] well-watered trees would reach them in height. For they have all been consigned to death, to the underworld, among the people who descend to the Pit.
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt, and glorify the King of heaven, because all His works are true and His ways are just. And He is able to humble those who walk in pride.