Isaiah 31

Egypt Will Disappoint

31:1 Those who go down to Egypt for help are as good as dead,1

those who rely on war horses,

and trust in Egypt’s many chariots2

and in their many, many horsemen.3

But they do not rely on the Holy One of Israel4

and do not seek help from the Lord.

31:2 Yet he too is wise5 and he will bring disaster;

he does not retract his decree.6

He will attack the wicked nation,7

and the nation that helps8 those who commit sin.9

31:3 The Egyptians are mere humans, not God;

their horses are made of flesh, not spirit.

The Lord will strike with10 his hand;

the one who helps will stumble

and the one being helped will fall.

Together they will perish.11

The Lord Will Defend Zion

31:4 Indeed, this is what the Lord says to me:

“The Lord will be like a growling lion,

like a young lion growling over its prey.12

Though a whole group of shepherds gathers against it,

it is not afraid of their shouts

or intimidated by their yelling.13

In this same way the Lord who commands armies will descend

to do battle on Mount Zion and on its hill.14

31:5 Just as birds hover over a nest,15

so the Lord who commands armies will protect Jerusalem.16

He will protect and deliver it;

as he passes over17 he will rescue it.

31:6 You Israelites! Return to the one against whom you have so blatantly rebelled!18 31:7 For at that time19 everyone will get rid of20 the silver and gold idols your hands sinfully made.21

31:8 Assyria will fall by a sword, but not one human-made;22

a sword not made by humankind will destroy them.23

They will run away from this sword24

and their young men will be forced to do hard labor.

31:9 They will surrender their stronghold25 because of fear;26

their officers will be afraid of the Lord’s battle flag.”27

This is what the Lord says –

the one whose fire is in Zion,

whose firepot is in Jerusalem.28

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