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For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings?
Is not Calno as Carchemish?
Is not Hamath as Arpad?
Is not Samaria as Damascus?

hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, And whose graven images did excel them of Jeru

salem and of Samaria; Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, So do to Jerusalem and her idols? 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. 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


And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the

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.

Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth

therewith? Or shall the saw magnify itself against him that

shaketh it? As if the rod should shake itself against them that lift

it up,

Send among

Or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no

Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts,

his fat ones leanness;
And under his glory he shall kindle a burning
Like the burning of a fire.
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; And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of

his fruitful field, Both soul and body: And they shall be as when a standardbearer fainteth. And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, That a child may write them. .

And it shall come to pass in that day,
That the remnant of Israel,
And such as are escaped of the house of Jacob,
Shall no more again stay upon him that smote them;
But shall stay upon the Lord,

The Holy One of Israel, in truth.
The remnant shall return, even the remnant of

Unto the mighty God.
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 right


For the Lord God of hosts shall make a consump

tion, even determined, In the midst of all the land. 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 man

ner of Egypt. For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall

cease, And mine anger in their destruction. And the Lord of hosts shall stir up a scourge for

him According to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of

And as his rod was upon the sea,
So shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.
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 an


He is come to Aiath, he is passed to Migron;
At Michmash he hath laid


his carriages: They are gone over the passage: they have taken

up their lodging at Geba;
Ramah is afraid; Gibeah of Saul is fled.
Lift up thy voice, O daughter of Gallim:
Cause it to be heard unto Laish, O


Anathoth. Madmenah is removed; The inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee. 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 Jerusalem. Behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, Shall lop the bough with terror: And the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, And the haughty shall be humbled. And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest

with iron, And Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem

of Jesse,

And a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and might,
The spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
And shall make him of quick understanding in the

fear of the Lord:
And he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes,
Neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor,
And reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:
And he shall smite the earth with the rod of his

mouth, And with the breath of his lips shall he slay the

wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, And faithfulness the girdle of his reins. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, And the leopard shall lie down with the kid; And the calf and the young lion and the fatling to

gether; And a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; Their young ones shall lie down together: And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the


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