Who constantly draft oppressive decrees,
2 To deny the legal claim of the poor,
To deprive the lowly among my people of justice,+
Making widows their spoil
4 Nothing remains except to crouch among the prisoners
Or to fall among the slain.
In view of all this, his anger has not turned back,
But his hand is still stretched out to strike.+
The rod to express my anger+
And the staff in their hand for my denunciation!
Against the people who infuriated me;
I will command him to take much spoil and much plunder
And to trample them like mud in the streets.+
7 But he will not be inclined this way
And his heart will not scheme this way;
For it is in his heart to annihilate,
To cut off many nations, not a few.
10 My hand has seized the kingdoms of the worthless gods,
Whose graven images were more than those of Jerusalem and Sa·marʹi·a!+
11 Will I not also do to Jerusalem and her idols
Just as I have done to Sa·marʹi·a and to her worthless gods?’+
‘I will do this by the strength of my hand
And with my wisdom, for I am wise.
I will remove the boundaries of peoples+
And pillage their treasures,+
And I will subdue the inhabitants like a mighty one.+
14 Like a man reaching into a nest,
My hand will seize the resources of the peoples;
And like one gathering abandoned eggs,
I will gather the whole earth!
No one will flutter his wings or open his mouth or chirp.’”
15 Will the ax exalt itself over the one who chops with it?
Will the saw exalt itself over the one who saws with it?
Could a staff+ wave the one who lifts it?
Or could a rod lift up the one who is not made of wood?
16 Therefore the true Lord, Jehovah of armies,
Will inflict emaciation on his fat ones,+
And beneath his glory he will kindle a blazing fire.+
And his Holy One a flame;
It will blaze up and consume his weeds and his thornbushes in one day.
It will be as when a sick man wastes away.+
19 The rest of the trees of his forest
Will be so few that a boy could list them.
20 In that day those remaining of Israel
And the survivors of the house of Jacob
Will no longer support themselves on the one who struck them;+
But they will support themselves on Jehovah,
The Holy One of Israel, with faithfulness.
22 For though your people, O Israel,
Are as the grains of sand of the sea,
Only a remnant of them will return.+
23 Yes, the extermination decided on by the Sovereign Lord, Jehovah of armies,
Will be carried out in the entire land.+
24 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord, Jehovah of armies, says: “Do not be afraid, my people who are dwelling in Zion, because of the As·syrʹi·an, who used to strike you with the rod+ and to lift up his staff against you as Egypt did.+ 25 For in a very little while the denunciation will come to an end; my anger will be directed to their destruction.+ 26 Jehovah of armies will brandish a whip against him,+ as when he defeated Midʹi·an by the rock Oʹreb.+ And his staff will be over the sea, and he will raise it as he did with Egypt.+
And his yoke from on your neck,+
And the yoke will be broken+ because of the oil.”
29 They have passed over the ford;
They spend the night at Geʹba;+
30 Cry out and scream, O daughter of Galʹlim!
Pay attention, O Laʹi·shah!
O poor Anʹa·thoth!+
31 Mad·meʹnah has run away.
The inhabitants of Geʹbim have sought shelter.
He shakes his fist at the mountain of the daughter of Zion,
The hill of Jerusalem.
33 Look! The true Lord, Jehovah of armies,
Is chopping off branches with a terrible crash;+
The tallest trees are being cut down,
And the lofty are brought low.