From that land he went to Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-ir, Calah,
Does an ax exalt itself above the one who chops with it? Does a saw magnify itself above the one who saws with it? As if a staff could wave those who lift it! As if a rod could lift what isn't wood!
for before the boy knows how to call out father or mother, the wealth of Damascus and the spoils of Samaria will be carried off to the king of Assyria."
The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers.
It struck the peoples in anger with unceasing blows. It subdued the nations in rage with relentless persecution.
With Your hand, LORD, [save me] from men, from men of the world, whose portion is in this life: You fill their bellies with what You have in store, their sons are satisfied, and they leave their surplus to their children.
The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, so that the righteous will not apply their hands to injustice.
You are My battle club, My weapons of war. With you I will smash nations; with you I will bring kingdoms to ruin.
With you I will smash the horse and its rider; with you I will smash the chariot and its rider.
With you I will smash man and woman; with you I will smash the old man and the youth; with you I will smash the young man and the virgin.
With you I will smash the shepherd and his flock; with you I will smash the farmer and his ox-team. With you I will smash governors and officials.
"I will repay Babylon and all the residents of Chaldea for all their evil they have done in Zion before your very eyes." [This is] the LORD's declaration.