1 Woe to those who enact unjust decrees, who compose oppressive legislation
2 to deny justice to the weak and to cheat the humblest of my people of fair judgement, to make widows their prey and to rob the orphan.
4 to avoid squatting among the captives or falling among the slain? After all this, his anger is not spent. No, his hand is still raised!
6 I was sending him against a godless nation, commissioning him against the people who enraged me, to pillage and plunder at will and trample on them like the mud in the streets.
7 But this was not his intention nor did his heart plan it so, for he dreamed of putting an end to them, of liquidating nations without number!
9 Is not Calno like Carchemish, Hamath like Arpad, Samaria like Damascus?
10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the false gods, where there were more images than in Jerusalem and Samaria,
13 For he thinks: ‘By the strength of my own arm I have done this and by my own wisdom: how intelligent I have been! I have abolished the frontiers between peoples, I have plundered their treasures, like a hero, I have subjugated their inhabitants.
14 My hand has found, as though a bird’s nest, the riches of the peoples. Like someone collecting deserted eggs, I have collected the whole world while no one has fluttered a wing or opened a beak to squawk.’
15 Does the axe claim more credit than the man who wields it, or the saw more strength than the manwho handles it? As though a staff controlled those who raise it, or the club could raise what is not made of wood!
17 The light of Israel will become a fire and its Holy One a flame burning and devouring his thorn-bushes and brambles in a day.
19 and what remain of the trees of his forest will be so few that a child could write their number.
21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.
29 They have passed through the defile, they have bivouacked at Geba. Ramah quaked, Gibeah of Saulhas fled.
32 This very day, as he halts at Nob, he will shake his fist at the mountain of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
34 The forest thickets fall beneath the axe, and the Lebanon falls to the blows of a Mighty One.