Isaiah 10 The Passion Translation (TPT)
10 Woe to those who legalize injustice and write oppressive legislation! 2 You rip away the rights of the poor and prey upon widows and orphans![a] 3 What will come of you on your day of visitation when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? And what will you do then with all your great wealth?[b] 4 You’ll have no option but to cringe among the captives or fall among the corpses of the slain! Yet despite all this, his anger has not subsided, and his hand is poised to strike.[c]
5 Woe to arrogant Assyria, the rod of my anger! The club I place in the king’s hand is my fury. 6 I am the one who has sent him against a godless nation and ordered him to attack a people who anger me. I sent him to take the spoil and seize the plunder[d] and to trample them down like dust in the street. 7 But he has no clue what he’s doing, and he has something else in mind. He plans on annihilating many nations 8 and thinks, “After all, I have made my executive commanders into kings. 9 Calneh[e] will be no different than Carchemish,[f] whom I destroyed. I’ll destroy Hamath as I did Arpad[g] and Samaria like Damascus.[h] 10 Since I was able to seize kingdoms full of idols and images more powerful and more impressive than those of Jerusalem and Samaria, 11 won’t I do the same thing to Jerusalem and Samaria and their idols?”[i]
12 But when the Lord has carried out his purpose on Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will punish the king of Assyria because of his overbearing arrogance and unrestrained pride![j] 13 He boasted, “Look what I have done by the strength of my hand and by my wisdom. See how clever I am! I have erased the borders of nations and plundered their treasures. I have been like a mighty conqueror, subduing those in strong fortresses.[k] 14 I seized their wealth as one who found an unprotected nest. As one who gathers eggs that have been left behind, so I gathered the wealth of the world. And the young birds could neither move a wing nor even open their mouths to peep!”
God Decrees Judgment on Assyria
15 Is the axe greater than the one who wields it? Is the saw greater than the one who cuts with it? Can the axe strike without a hand to move it? Can a lifeless wooden cane walk all by itself?[l] 16 Therefore, the sovereign Lord Yahweh, Commander of Angel Armies, will send a devastating plague among Assyria’s proud warriors. Yes, the “glory”[m] of Assyria will be burned and go up in smoke! 17 For the Light of Israel will become a fire in their midst, and the Holy One will become a flame! He will consume the thorns[n] and thistles of the Assyrian king in one day! 18 The splendor of his forest and orchard[o] will be completely destroyed,[p] like a dying man fading away.[q] 19 The forest will have so few trees left[r] that even a little boy could count them.
20 In that day, neither the remnant of Israel nor the survivors of the house of Jacob will lean anymore upon the one who abused them,[s] but they will lean fully[t] on the faithfulness of the Lord Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel. 21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob’s tribes to the mighty God. 22 Though your people Israel were as many as the sand on the seashore, only a remnant will return. Destruction has been decreed, and it will be overflowing with righteousness. 23 For the Lord Yahweh, Commander of Angel Armies, will complete the destruction he has decreed upon the whole land.
24 So hear what the Lord Yahweh, Commander of Angel Armies, has to say: “My Zion-people, do not be gripped with fear over the Assyrians who oppress and abuse you,[u] as the Egyptians did long ago. 25 After only a brief moment, I will end my indignation against you, and it will fall upon them to their destruction!”
26 The Lord Yahweh, who commands angel armies, will wield his whip against them, as when he struck Midian at the rock of Oreb.[v] And once again he will raise his rod over the waters, as he did in Egypt.
27 In that day the Lord will remove the heavy burden from your shoulders and break off the yoke of bondage from your necks because of the heavy anointing upon you![w]
28 The Assyrian army[x] attacked Aiath;[y]