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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 Lord, the Only Help
1Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help#Is 30:2,7; 36:6
and who depend on horses!
They trust in the abundance of chariots
and in the large number of horsemen.#Dt 17:16; Ps 20:7; 33:17; Is 2:7; 30:16; 36:9
They do not look#Is 9:13; 17:7–8; Dn 9:13; Am 5:4–8 to the Holy One of Israel,
and they do not seek the Lord.
2But he also is wise and brings disaster.#Is 45:7
He does not go back on what he says;#Nm 23:19; Is 22:14; Jr 44:29
he will rise up against the house of the wicked
and against the allies of evildoers.
3Egyptians are men, not God;
their horses are flesh, not spirit.
When the Lord raises his hand to strike,
the helper will stumble
and the one who is helped will fall;
both will perish together.
4For this is what the Lord said to me:
As a lion or young lion growls over its prey#Nm 24:9; Hs 11:10; Am 3:8
when a band of shepherds is called out against it,
and it is not terrified by their shouting
or subdued by their noise,
so the Lord of Armies will come down
to fight on Mount Zion
and on its hill.#Is 42:13; Zch 12:8
5Like hovering birds,
so the Lord of Armies will protect Jerusalem;#Dt 32:11; Ps 91:4
by protecting it, he will rescue it;
by passing over it, he will deliver it.
6Return to the one the Israelites have greatly rebelled against.#Is 1:5; 59:13 7For on that day, every one of you will reject the worthless idols of silver and gold that your own hands have sinfully made.#Is 2:20; 30:22
8Then Assyria will fall,
but not by human sword;
a sword will devour him,
but not one made by man.#Is 37:7,36–38
He will flee from the sword;
his young men will be put to forced labor.#Gn 49:15; Is 14:2
9His rock#31:9 Perhaps the Assyrian king will pass away because of fear,#Dt 32:31,37
and his officers will be afraid because of the signal flag.#Is 5:26; 13:2; Jr 4:6,21; 51:12,27
This is the Lord’s declaration — whose fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.#Lv 10:2; Is 10:17; 30:33