Woe to Those Who Go Down to Egypt
1Woe#31:1 Or Ah, to #ch. 30:2; 36:6 those who go down to Egypt for help
and rely on horses,
who #Ps. 20:7; [ch. 30:16; 36:9] trust in chariots because they are many
and in horsemen because they are very strong,
but #[ch. 22:11]do not look to the Holy One of Israel
or consult the Lord!
2And #[Ps. 94:8-10] yet he is wise and brings disaster;
# [Num. 23:19] he does not call back his words,
but #[ch. 22:14] will arise against the house of the evildoers
and against the helpers of #Ps. 94:4those who work iniquity.
3The Egyptians are man, and not God,
and their horses #Jer. 17:5are flesh, and not spirit.
When the Lord stretches out his hand,
the helper will stumble, and he who is helped will fall,
and they will all perish together.
4For thus the Lord said to me,
Hos. 11:10; Amos 1:2; 3:8 “As a lion or a young lion growls over his prey,
and when a band of shepherds is called out against him
he is not terrified by their shouting
or daunted at their noise,
# [ch. 42:13] so the Lord of hosts will come down
to fight#31:4 The Hebrew words for hosts and to fight sound alike on Mount Zion and on its hill.
Deut. 32:11; [Ps. 91:4] Like birds hovering, so the Lord of hosts
will protect Jerusalem;
he will protect and deliver it;
he will spare and rescue it.”
6 # [ch. 30:15] Turn to him from whom people#31:6 Hebrew they have #ch. 1:5deeply revolted, O children of Israel. 7For in that day #ch. 2:20; 30:22everyone shall cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which your hands have sinfully made for you.
8 # ch. 37:36 “And the Assyrian shall fall by a sword, not of man;
and a sword, not of man, shall devour him;
and he shall flee from the sword,
and his young men shall be #[Gen. 49:15; Prov. 12:24]put to forced labor.
Deut. 32:31; See ch. 30:29 His rock shall pass away in terror,
and his officers desert the standard in panic,”
declares the Lord, whose #ch. 30:33 fire is in Zion,
and whose #Ps. 21:9; Mal. 4:1furnace is in Jerusalem.