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Isaiah 31

31
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1Wo unto them that go down to Egypt for help,
And fix their stay on horses;
And rely on chariots, because they are many;
And on horsemen, because they are very strong;
But look not unto the Holy One of Israel,
And resort not to Jehovah.
2Yet He also is wise, and will bring evil;
And He will not set aside his word:
But will arise against the house of evil-doers;
And against the help of them that work iniquity.
3Now the Egyptians are men, and not God;
And their horses are flesh, and not spirit:
And Jehovah shall stretch forth his hand;
And the helper shall stumble, and the holpen shall fall down;
And they all shall fail together.
4For thus hath Jehovah said unto me:
Like as a lion growleth,
Even the young lion, over his prey:
When a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him,
He will not be terrified at their voice,
Nor will he be humbled at their tumult:
So shall Jehovah of hosts descend to fight
For mount Zion; and for the hill thereof.
5As birds hover over their young,
So shall Jehovah of hosts protect Jerusalem;
Protecting and delivering, sparing and rescuing her.
6Return unto him, from whom ye have deeply revolted,
O ye sons of Israel!
7Surely, in that day shall they cast away with contempt,
Every man his idols of silver, and his idols of gold;
Which your own hands have made unto you for sin.
8And the Assyrian shall fall by a sword not of man;
Yea a sword not of mortal shall devour him:
And he shall flee from the face of the sword,
And his choice youths shall become tributaries.
9And for terror he shall pass by his strong hold,
And his princes shall be dismayed at the standard:
Saith Jehovah, who hath his fire in Zion,
And his furnace at Jerusalem.

Isaiah 31

31
The Futility of Relying on Egypt
1What sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help,
trusting their horses, chariots, and charioteers
and depending on the strength of human armies
instead of looking to the Lord,
the Holy One of Israel.
2In his wisdom, the Lord will send great disaster;
he will not change his mind.
He will rise against the wicked
and against their helpers.
3For these Egyptians are mere humans, not God!
Their horses are puny flesh, not mighty spirits!
When the Lord raises his fist against them,
those who help will stumble,
and those being helped will fall.
They will all fall down and die together.
4But this is what the Lord has told me:
“When a strong young lion
stands growling over a sheep it has killed,
it is not frightened by the shouts and noise
of a whole crowd of shepherds.
In the same way, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will come down and fight on Mount Zion.
5The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will hover over Jerusalem
and protect it like a bird protecting its nest.
He will defend and save the city;
he will pass over it and rescue it.”
6Though you are such wicked rebels, my people, come and return to the Lord. 7I know the glorious day will come when each of you will throw away the gold idols and silver images your sinful hands have made.
8“The Assyrians will be destroyed,
but not by the swords of men.
The sword of God will strike them,
and they will panic and flee.
The strong young Assyrians
will be taken away as captives.
9Even the strongest will quake with terror,
and princes will flee when they see your battle flags,”
says the Lord, whose fire burns in Zion,
whose flame blazes from Jerusalem.