|20|| you will never be one with them in the grave." For you have ruined your land, you have slain your people! Let him not be named forever, that scion of an evil race!
|21|| Make ready to slaughter his sons for the guilt of their fathers; Lest they rise and possess the earth, and fill the breadth of the world with tyrants.|
|22|| I will rise up against them, says the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon name and remnant, progeny and offspring, says the LORD.
|23|| I shall turn it into the haunt of hedgehogs, a swamp. I shall sweep it with the broom of destruction, declares Yahweh Sabaoth|
|24|| Yahweh Sabaoth has sworn it, 'Yes, what I have planned will take place, what I have decided will be so|
|25|| 'I shall break Assyria in my country, I shall trample on him on my mountains. Then his yoke will slip off them, his burden will slip from their shoulders.' |
|26|| This is the decision taken in defiance of the whole world; this, the hand outstretched in defiance of all nations. |
|27|| Once Yahweh Sabaoth has decided, who will stop him? Once he stretches out his hand, who can withdraw it? |
|28|| In the year Ahaz died came this proclamation: |
|29|| All Philistia, do not rejoice because the rod which used to beat you is now broken, for the serpent stock will produce a viper, its offspring will be a flying dragon. |
|30|| While the first-born of the poor are grazing and the destitute are resting in safety, I shall make your stock die of hunger and then slaughter what remains of you. |
|31|| Howl, gate! Shriek, city! Totter, all Philistia! For a smoke is coming from the north, and there are no deserters in those battalions. |
|32|| What reply will be given then to the messengers of that nation? - That Yahweh founded Zion and there the poor of his people will find refuge. |
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