Announce to the forts of Assyria,
announce to the forts of Egypt—
Tell them, “Gather on the Samaritan mountains, take a good, hard look:
what a snake pit of brutality and terror!
They can’t—or won’t—do one thing right.” GOD said so.
“They stockpile violence and blight.
Therefore”—this is GOD’s Word—“an enemy will surround the country.
He’ll strip you of your power and plunder your forts.”