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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

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God will Protect Jerusalem
1Those who go to Egypt for help are doomed! They are relying on Egypt's vast military strength — horses, chariots, and soldiers. But they do not rely on the LORD, the holy God of Israel, or ask him for help. 2He knows what he is doing! He sends disaster. He carries out his threats to punish evil men and those who protect them. 3The Egyptians are not gods — they are only human. Their horses are not supernatural. When the LORD acts, the strong nation will crumble, and the weak nation it helped will fall. Both of them will be destroyed.
4The LORD said to me, “No matter how shepherds yell and shout, they can't scare away a lion from an animal that it has killed; in the same way, there is nothing that can keep me, the LORD Almighty, from protecting Mount Zion. 5Just as a bird hovers over its nest to protect its young, so I, the LORD Almighty, will protect Jerusalem and defend it.”
6The LORD said, “People of Israel, you have sinned against me and opposed me. But now, come back to me! 7A time is coming when all of you will throw away the sinful idols you made out of silver and gold. 8Assyria will be destroyed in war, but not by human power. The Assyrians will run from battle, and their young men will be made slaves. 9Their emperor will run away in terror, and the officers will be so frightened that they will abandon their battle flags.” The LORD has spoken — the LORD who is worshipped in Jerusalem and whose fire burns there for sacrifices.