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Isaiah 10 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Assyria Is God’s Instrument

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:1 - Woe to those who enact unjust statutes
And to those who constantly record [fn]harmful decisions,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:2 - So as to [fn]deprive the needy of justice
And rob the poor among My people of their rights,
So that widows may be their spoil
And that they may plunder the [fn]orphans.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:3 - Now what will you do in the day of punishment,
And in the devastation which will come from afar?
To whom will you flee for help?
And where will you leave your wealth?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:4 - Nothing remains but to crouch [fn]among the captives
Or fall [fn]among those killed.
In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away
And His hand is still stretched out.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:5 - Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger
And the staff in whose hands is My indignation,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:6 - I send it against a godless nation
And commission it against the people of My fury
To capture spoils and to seize plunder,
And to [fn]trample them down like mud in the streets.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:7 - Yet it does not so intend,
Nor does [fn]it plan so in its heart,
But rather it is [fn]its purpose to destroy
And to eliminate [fn]many nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:8 - For it says, “Are not my officers [fn]all kings?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:9 - “Is not Calno like Carchemish,
Or Hamath like Arpad,
Or Samaria like Damascus?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:10 - “As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols,
Whose carved images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:11 - Shall I not do the same to Jerusalem and her images
Just as I have done to Samaria and her idols?”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:12 - So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, “I will [fn]punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the arrogant pride of his eyes.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:13 - For he has said,
“By the power of my hand and by my wisdom I did this,
Because I have understanding;
And I removed the boundaries of the peoples
And plundered their treasures,
And like a powerful man I brought down [fn]their inhabitants,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:14 - And my hand reached to the riches of the peoples like a nest,
And as one gathers abandoned eggs, I gathered all the earth;
And there was not one that flapped its wing, opened its beak, or chirped.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:15 - Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it?
Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it?
That would be like a [fn]club wielding those who lift it,
Or like a rod lifting the one who is not wood.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:16 - Therefore the Lord, the [fn]GOD of armies, will send a wasting disease among his stout warriors;
And under his glory a fire will be kindled like a burning flame.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:17 - And the Light of Israel will become a fire and [fn]Israel’s Holy One a flame,
And it will burn and devour [fn]his thorns and his briars in a single day.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:18 - And He will destroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitful garden, both soul and body,
And it will be as when a sick person wastes away.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:19 - And the rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number
That a child could write them down.

A Remnant Will Return

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:20 - Now on that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will no longer rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:21 - A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:22 - For though your people, Israel, may be like the sand of the sea,
Only a remnant within them will return;
A destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:23 - For a complete destruction, one that is determined, the Lord [fn]GOD of armies will execute in the midst of the whole land.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:24 - Therefore this is what the Lord [fn]GOD of armies says: “My people, you who dwell in Zion, do not fear the Assyrian [fn]who strikes you with the rod, and lifts up his staff against you the way Egypt did.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:25 - “For in a very little while My indignation against you will be ended and My anger will be directed toward their destruction.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:26 - The LORD of armies will wield a whip against him like the defeat of Midian at the rock of Oreb; and His staff will be over the sea, and He will lift it up the way He did in Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:27 - So it will be on that day, that [fn]his burden will be removed from your shoulders, and his yoke from your neck; and the yoke will be broken because of fatness.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:28 - He has come against Aiath,
He has passed through Migron;
At Michmash he deposited his baggage.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:29 - They have gone through the pass, saying,
“Geba will be our encampment for the night.”
Ramah is terrified, and Gibeah of Saul has fled.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:30 - Cry aloud with your voice, daughter of Gallim!
Pay attention, Laishah and [fn]wretched Anathoth!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:31 - Madmenah has fled.
The inhabitants of Gebim have sought refuge.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:32 - Yet today he will halt at Nob;
He shakes his fist at the mountain of the [fn]daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:33 - Behold, the Lord, the [fn]GOD of armies, will lop off the branches with terrifying power;
Those also who are tall in stature will be cut down,
And those who are lofty will be brought low.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:34 - He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an iron axe,
And Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit harm
Lit turn the needy aside from
Or fatherless
Lit under
Lit under
Lit make them a trampled place
Lit its heart so plan
Lit in its heart
Lit not a few
Lit altogether
Lit visit
Or those who sit on thrones
Lit staff
Heb YHWH, usually rendered LORD
Lit his
I.e., the Assyrian king’s forces
Heb YHWH, usually rendered LORD
Heb YHWH, usually rendered LORD
Lit he
I.e., the Assyrian
An ancient version reads Answer her, O Anathoth
Another reading is house of
Heb YHWH, usually rendered LORD

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