Isaiah 31

1Look at the people going down to Egypt for help. The people ask for horses. They think horses will save them. The people hope the chariots and horse soldiers from Egypt will protect them. The people think they are safe because that army is very big. The people don’t trust the Holy One of Israel ˻(God)˼. The people don’t ask the Lord for help. 2But, it is the Lord who is wise. And it is the Lord who will bring trouble against them. The people will not be able to change the Lord’s command. The Lord will rise and fight against the evil people ˻(Judah)˼. And the Lord will fight against the people ˻(Egypt)˼ that try to help them. 3The people of Egypt are only human—not God. The horses from Egypt are only animals—not spirit. The Lord will stretch out his arm and the helper ˻(Egypt)˼ will be defeated. And the people that wanted help ˻(Judah)˼ will fall. All those people will be destroyed together. 4The Lord told me: “When a lion or a lion’s cub catches an animal to eat, the lion stands over the dead animal and roars. At that time nothing can scare that great lion. If men come and yell at the lion, the lion will not be afraid. The men can make much noise, but the lion will not run away.” In the same way, the Lord All-Powerful will come down to Mount Zion. The Lord will fight on that hill. 5The Lord All-Powerful will defend Jerusalem—like birds flying over their nests. The Lord will save her. The Lord will “pass over” and save Jerusalem. 6You children of Israel turned against God. You should come back to God. 7Then people would stop worshiping the gold and silver idols you made. You truly sinned when you made those idols. 8It is true that Assyria will be defeated with a sword. But that sword will not be a man’s sword. Assyria will be destroyed. But that destruction will not come from a man’s sword. Assyria will run away from God’s sword. But the young men will be caught and made slaves. 9Their place of safety will be destroyed. Their leaders will be defeated and leave their flag. The Lord said all those things. The Lord’s fireplace ˻(altar)˼ is on Zion. The Lord’s oven ˻(altar)˼ is in Jerusalem.

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