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TitleIsaiah 10
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT

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God Destroys Assyria for Its Wickedness (10:5–19)

The Lord

5Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger,
and the staff of [their][1] fury, it is in their hand.

6I will send him against a godless nation,
and against the people of My wrath will I command him

to take spoil,
and to seize plunder,
and to make a trampling place, like the mire of the streets.

7But such is not what he intends,
neither does his heart so think;

because in his heart it is to destroy
and to cut off nations, not a few.
8For he says,

Assyria’s king

“Are not my princes all kings?
9Was not Calno as Carchemish?
Was not Hamath as Arpad?
Was not Samaria as Damascus?

10As my hand has founded the kingdoms of the idols,
and whose graven images are greater than those of Jerusalem and of Samaria?

11Will I not do to Jerusalem and its idols,
as I have done unto Samaria and its false gods?”


12But it will come to pass when the Lord has completed all His work
upon Mount Zion and upon Jerusalem—

The Lord

I will punish the fruit of the great heart of the king of Assyria
and the glory of the height of his eyes.
13For he said,

Assyria’s king

“By the strength of my hand and by my wisdom
I have done [these things][2],
for I have understanding;

and I have [moved] the borders of peoples,
and I have plundered their treasures;

like a mighty one,
I have brought down their inhabitants;

14as one finds a nest, my hand has found the wealth of the people,
and as one gathers abandoned eggs, I have gathered all the earth;

and there was none that flapped the wing
or opened the mouth and chirped.”


15Will the ax boast itself over him who hews with it?
Will the saw make itself greater than him that uses it?

As if a rod is able to move the man who lifted it,
or a staff lifts the one that is not wood.

16Therefore the Lord, the LORD of Hosts,
will send leanness among his fatness;
and instead of His glory, He will burn with a burning—like the burning of a fire.

17And the Light of Israel will become a fire
and their Holy One a flame;
and it [the flame] will burn and devour his [Assyria’s] thorns and briars in one day.

18And He will consume the glory of His forest
and His fruitful land, both soul and body;
and it will be as when a sick man wastes away.

19And the remainder of the trees of His forest will be few,
that a child may write them.

The Remnant of Israel Will Return (10:20–27)


20And it will come to pass in that day

that the remnant of Israel
and the survivors of the house of Jacob

will no more again rely on him who smote them
but will in truth rely upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.

21The remnant will return,
[yea][3], the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.

22For though your people, O Israel, will be as the sand of the sea,
only a remnant of them will return;

destruction has been decreed, overflowing with righteousness.
23For the Lord, the LORD of Hosts is making a complete destruction, even determined in all the land.

24Therefore thus says the Lord, the LORD of Hosts,

The Lord

“O My people who dwell in Zion, be not afraid of Assyria;

he will smite you with a rod
and will lift up his staff against you, after the manner of Egypt.

25For in a short time My indignation will cease,
but My anger will be to its destruction.”


26And the LORD of Hosts will lash it with a whip,
like the smiting of Midian at the rock of Oreb;

and He will raise His rod over the sea
after the manner of Egypt.

27And it will come to pass in that day

He will take away His burden from your shoulder,
and His yoke from off your neck,
and the yoke will be destroyed because of the {anointing} oil.

Assyria Marches to Jerusalem (10:28–32)


28He has come to Aiath,
he has passed to Migron;
he stored his supplies at Michmash.

29They have crossed the pass,
lodging at Geba;

Ramah trembles;
Gibeah of Saul has fled.

30Cry out with your voice, O daughter of Gallim;
listen, O Laish; answer her, O Anathoth.

31Madmenah flees;
the inhabitants of Gebim have sought refuge.

32This very day he stands at Nob;
he will shake his hand against the mountain of the daughter of Zion,
the hill of Jerusalem.

The Lord Is a Lumberjack (10:33–34)


33Behold, the Lord, the LORD of Hosts,

will lop off the boughs with awe-inspiring power;
and the tall ones will be hewn down,
and the lofty will be brought low.

34And He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an ax,
and Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.

The Stump of Jesse Prophecy (11:1–5)


11 1And a rod will come forth out of the Stem {Trunk} of Jesse,
and a branch will grow out of his roots;

2And the Spirit of the LORD will rest upon him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,

the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge

and fear of the LORD.
3And he will delight in the fear of the LORD;

and he will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
nor decide by what he hears with his ears;

4but with righteousness he will judge the poor
and decide with equity for the afflicted of the earth;

but he will smite the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips will he slay the wicked.

5And righteousness will be the sash of his loins
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

[1] From 2 Nephi 20.

[2] Bracketed words in verse 13 are from JST and 2 Nephi 20:13.

[3] JST and 2 Nephi 20 in brackets.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 10:1