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Isaiah 10 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:1 - Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:2 - to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:3 - What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:4 - Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.

God’s Judgment on Assyria

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:5 - “Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:6 - I send him against a godless nation, I dispatch him against a people who anger me, to seize loot and snatch plunder, and to trample them down like mud in the streets.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:7 - But this is not what he intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:8 - ‘Are not my commanders all kings?’ he says.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:9 - ‘Has not Kalno fared like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad, and Samaria like Damascus?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:10 - As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols, kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria—
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:11 - shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images as I dealt with Samaria and her idols?’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:12 - When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:13 - For he says: “ ‘By the strength of my hand I have done this, and by my wisdom, because I have understanding. I removed the boundaries of nations, I plundered their treasures; like a mighty one I subdued[fn] their kings.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:14 - As one reaches into a nest, so my hand reached for the wealth of the nations; as people gather abandoned eggs, so I gathered all the countries; not one flapped a wing, or opened its mouth to chirp.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:15 - Does the ax raise itself above the person who swings it, or the saw boast against the one who uses it? As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up, or a club brandish the one who is not wood!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:16 - Therefore, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, will send a wasting disease upon his sturdy warriors; under his pomp a fire will be kindled like a blazing flame.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:17 - The Light of Israel will become a fire, their Holy One a flame; in a single day it will burn and consume his thorns and his briers.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:18 - The splendor of his forests and fertile fields it will completely destroy, as when a sick person wastes away.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:19 - And the remaining trees of his forests will be so few that a child could write them down.

The Remnant of Israel

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:20 - In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:21 - A remnant will return,[fn] a remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:22 - Though your people be like the sand by the sea, Israel, only a remnant will return. Destruction has been decreed, overwhelming and righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:23 - The Lord, the LORD Almighty, will carry out the destruction decreed upon the whole land.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:24 - Therefore this is what the Lord, the LORD Almighty, says: “My people who live in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrians, who beat you with a rod and lift up a club against you, as Egypt did.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:25 - Very soon my anger against you will end and my wrath will be directed to their destruction.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:26 - The LORD Almighty will lash them with a whip, as when he struck down Midian at the rock of Oreb; and he will raise his staff over the waters, as he did in Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:27 - In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:28 - They enter Aiath; they pass through Migron; they store supplies at Mikmash.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:29 - They go over the pass, and say, “We will camp overnight at Geba.” Ramah trembles; Gibeah of Saul flees.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:30 - Cry out, Daughter Gallim! Listen, Laishah! Poor Anathoth!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:31 - Madmenah is in flight; the people of Gebim take cover.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:32 - This day they will halt at Nob; they will shake their fist at the mount of Daughter Zion, at the hill of Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:33 - See, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, will lop off the boughs with great power. The lofty trees will be felled, the tall ones will be brought low.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:34 - He will cut down the forest thickets with an ax; Lebanon will fall before the Mighty One.
NIV Footnotes
Or treasures; / I subdued the mighty,
Hebrew shear-jashub (see 7:3 and note); also in verse 22
Hebrew; Septuagint broken / from your shoulders

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