1 Woe [to] the rebellious sons, says the LORD, who make advice, but not of Me; and who cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit, that they add sin to sin;
2 those who set out to go down [to] Egypt and have not asked at My mouth; to take refuge in the strength of Pharaoh and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
3 Therefore the strength of Pharaoh shall be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt shall be [your] curse.
4 For his rulers were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came [to] Hanes.
5 They were all ashamed of a people who could not profit them, nor be a help nor gain, but a shame and also a reproach.
6 The burden concerning the beasts of the south. Into the land of trouble and woe. The lioness and the lion [are] from them; the viper, and the fiery flying serpent. They carry their riches on the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures on the humps of camels, to a people [that] cannot profit.
7 For Egypt helps vainly, and worthlessly. So I have cried concerning this, Their strength [is] to sit still.
8 Now go, write it before them in a tablet, and note it in a book, so that it may be for the time to come forever and ever,
9 that this [is] a rebellious people, lying sons. They are sons who will not hear the law of the LORD;
10 who say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Do not prophesy to us right things, speak to us smooth things, prophesy falsehood;
11 go out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
12 Therefore so says the Holy One of Israel, Because you have despised this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and rest on them;
13 therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking comes suddenly, in an instant.
14 And He shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that [is] broken in pieces. He shall have no pity, so that there shall not be found in the breaking of it a shard to take fire from the hearth, or to take water out of the pit.
15 For so says the Lord Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, In returning and rest you shall be saved; and in quietness and hope shall be your strength. And you were not willing.
16 But you said, No; for we will flee on a horse. Therefore you shall flee. And [you said], We will ride on the swift; therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.
17 One thousand [shall flee] at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five you [shall flee], until you are left as a pole on the top of a mountain, and as a sign on a hill.
18 And so the LORD waits to be gracious to you. And therefore He is exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the LORD [is] a God of judgment; blessed [are] all those who wait for Him.
19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more; He will be very gracious to you at the voice of your cry. When He hears it, He will answer you.
20 And the LORD gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction; yet your teachers shall not be removed into a corner any more, but your eyes shall see your teachers.
21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This [is] the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left.
22 You shall also defile the covering of your graven images of silver, and the ornament of your molten images of gold. You shall cast them away like a menstruous cloth. You shall say to it, Get away.
23 Then He shall give the rain [for] your seed, with which you sow the ground. And the bread of the produce of the earth also shall be fat and plentiful. In that day your cattle shall feed in large pastures.
24 Also the oxen and the young asses that plow the ground shall eat clean fodder, which has been winnowed with the shovel and with the fork.
25 And there shall be on every high mountain, and on every high hill, rivers, streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
26 And the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD binds up the break of His people and heals the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the LORD comes from far, burning [with] His anger, and uplifting [of smoke]; His lips are full of fury, and His tongue like a devouring fire.
28 And like an overflowing stream, His breath shall reach to the middle of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity. And a bridle [will be] in the jaws of the people, causing [them] to go astray.
29 You shall have a song, as in the keeping of a holy feast night; and gladness of heart, as when one goes with a flute to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.
30 And the LORD shall cause His glorious voice to be heard, and the bringing down of His arm shall be seen with raging anger and flame of a devouring fire, cloudburst and storm and hailstones.
31 For through the voice of the LORD, the Assyrian shall be beaten down, [who] struck with a rod.
32 And [in] every place which the ordained staff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay on him, [it] shall be with tambourines and harps; in battles of shaking He will fight with them.
33 For Tophet [is] ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared. He has made [it] deep and large. He makes great [with] fire and wood. The breath of the LORD kindles it, like a torrent of brimstone.