31 Alas! for them who are going down to Egypt for help, On horses would rely,—And have trusted—In chariots—because they are many and In horsemen because they are very bold, But have not looked unto the Holy One of Israel, And unto Yahweh have not sought.
2 But he also is wise and hath brought in calamity, And his own words hath he not set aside,—Therefore will he rise up Against the house of evil-doers, and Against the help of the workers of iniquity.
3 Now the Egyptians are men and not God, And their horses flesh and not spirit; When Yahweh shall stretch out his hand Then he that is giving help shall stumble And he that is receiving help shall fall, And together shall all of them vanish!
4 For Thus hath Yahweh said unto me—Like as a lion or a young lion growleth over his prey Who—though there be called out against him a multitude of shepherds—Will not at their voice be dismayed, Nor at their noise be daunted So will Yahweh of hosts come down to make war over Mount Zion, and over the hill thereof.
5 As little mother-birds hovering so will Yahweh of hosts throw a covering over Jerusalem,—Covering so will he rescue, Passing over so will he deliver!
6 Return ye unto him against whom the sons of Israel have deeply revolted,
7 For in that day will every man reject his idols of silver, and his idols of gold,—Which your hands had made for you as a sin!
8 Then shall the Assyrian fall by the sword not of a great man, And the sword not of a mean man shall devour him,—Howbeit he shall take his flight from the face of a sword, And his young men shall come under tribute;
9 And his own Cliff through terror shall he pass by, And his princes shall be dismayed at an ensign,—Declareth Yahweh, Who hath a flame in Zion, And hath a furnace in Jerusalem.