10:1 Woe to them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write
grievousness [which] they have prescribed;
10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the
right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their
prey, and [that] they may rob the fatherless!
10:3 And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the
desolation [which] shall come from far? to whom will ye flee
for help? and where will ye leave your glory?
10:4 Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and
they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not
turned away, but his hand [is] stretched out still.
10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their
hand is my indignation.
10:6 I will send him against a hypocritical nation, and against
the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the
spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the
mire of the streets.
10:7 Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so;
but [it is] in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a
10:8 For he saith, [Are] not my princes altogether kings?
10:9 [Is] not Calno as Carchemish? [is] not Hamath as Arpad?
[is] not Samaria as Damascus?
10:10 As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose
graven images excelled them of Jerusalem and of Samaria;
10:11 Shall I not, as I have done to Samaria and her idols, so
do to Jerusalem and her idols?
10:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, [that] when the LORD hath
performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I
will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of
Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
10:13 For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done [it],
and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the
bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I
have put down the inhabitants like a valiant [man]:
10:14 And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people:
and as one gathereth eggs [that are] left, have I gathered all
the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened
the mouth, or peeped.
10:15 Shall the ax boast itself against him that heweth with it?
[or] shall the saw magnify itself against him that moveth it?
as if the rod should shake [itself] against them that lift it,
[or] as if the staff should lift [itself], [as if it were] no
10:16 Therefore will the LORD, the LORD of hosts, send among his
fat ones leanness; and under his glory he will kindle a burning
like the burning of a fire.
10:17 And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy
One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and
his briers in one day;
10:18 And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his
fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a
10:19 And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that
a child may write them.
10:20 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the remnant
of Israel, and such as have escaped of the house of Jacob,
shall no more again lean upon him that smote them; but shall
lean upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
10:21 The remnant shall return, [even] the remnant of Jacob, to
the mighty God.
10:22 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea,
[yet] a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed
shall overflow with righteousness.
10:23 For the Lord GOD of hosts will make a consumption, even
determined, in the midst of all the land.
10:24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people
that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall
smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against
thee, after the manner of Egypt.
10:25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall
cease, and my anger in their destruction.
10:26 And the LORD of hosts will raise up a scourge for him
according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb: and
[as] his rod [was] upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after
the manner of Egypt.
10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] his burden
shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from
off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the
10:28 He is come to Aiath, he is passed to Migron; at Michmash
he hath laid up his furniture.
10:29 They have gone over the passage: they have taken up their
lodging at Geba; Ramah is afraid; Gibeah of Saul hath fled.
10:30 Lift up thy voice, O daughter of Gallim: cause it to be
heard to Laish, O poor Anathoth.
10:31 Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather
themselves to flee.
10:32 As yet shall he remain at Nob that day: he shall shake his
hand [against] the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of
10:33 Behold, the LORD, the LORD of hosts will lop the bough
with terror: and the high ones of stature [shall be] hewn down,
and the haughty shall be humbled.
10:34 And he shall cut down the thickets of the forests with
iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.