9Is not Calno like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad? Is not Samaria like Damascus?
10As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols, whose carved images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
11shall I not do to Jerusalem and her idols as I have done to Samaria and her images?”
12When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he1 will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes.
13For he says: “By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I have understanding; I remove the boundaries of peoples, and plunder their treasures; like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones.
14My hand has found like a nest the wealth of the peoples; and as one gathers eggs that have been forsaken, so I have gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved a wing or opened the mouth or chirped.”
15Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it, or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it? As if a rod should wield him who lifts it, or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!
16Therefore the Lord God of hosts will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors, and under his glory a burning will be kindled, like the burning of fire.
17The light of Israel will become a fire, and his Holy One a flame, and it will burn and devour his thorns and briers in one day.
18The glory of his forest and of his fruitful land the Lord will destroy, both soul and body, and it will be as when a sick man wastes away.
19The remnant of the trees of his forest will be so few that a child can write them down.