27 aJotham was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jerushah the daughter of Zadok. 2 And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord according to all that his father Uzziah had done, bexcept he did not enter the temple of the Lord. But the people still followed corrupt practices. 3 He built the upper gate of the house of the Lord and did much building on the wall of cOphel. 4 Moreover, he built cities in the hill country of Judah, and forts and towers on the wooded hills. 5 He fought with the king of the Ammonites and prevailed against them. And the Ammonites gave him that year 100 talents1 of silver, and 10,000 cors2 of wheat and 10,000 of barley. The Ammonites paid him the same amount in the second and the third years. 6 So Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before the Lord his God. 7 dNow the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars and his ways, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah. 8 He was etwenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. 9 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David, and Ahaz his son reigned in his place.
9 1 But there will be no ggloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he hbrought into contempt the land of iZebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he jhas made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.2
those who dwelt in a land of ldeep darkness,
3 mYou have multiplied the nation;
as with njoy at the harvest,
4 qFor the yoke of his burden,
rand the staff for his shoulder,
you have broken as son the day of Midian.
5 tFor every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
6 uFor to us a child is born,
to us va son is given;
and his name shall be called5
dthere will be no end,
ewith justice and with righteousness
fThe zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
gEphraim and the inhabitants of Samaria,
jFor all this his anger has not turned away,
13 The people kdid not turn to him who struck them,
14 So the Lord cut off from Israel lhead and tail,
15 mthe elder and honored man is the head,
and nthe prophet who teaches lies is the tail;
17 Therefore the Lord does not orejoice over their young men,
for everyone is pgodless and an evildoer,
jFor all this his anger has not turned away,
18 For wickedness burns like ra fire;
and sthe people are like fuel for the fire;
tno one spares another.
20 uThey slice meat on the right, but are still hungry,
veach devours the flesh of his own arm,
together they are wagainst Judah.
xFor all this his anger has not turned away,
10 Woe to those who ydecree iniquitous decrees,
and the writers who zkeep writing oppression,
and ato rob the poor of my people of their right,
3 What will you do on bthe day of punishment,
in the ruin that will come cfrom afar?
dFor all this his anger has not turned away,
5 Ah, Assyria, ethe rod of my anger;
6 Against a fgodless nation I send him,
to take gspoil and seize plunder,
and to htread them down like the mire of the streets.
7 But he idoes not so intend,
j“Are not my commanders all kings?
10 As my hand has reached to rthe kingdoms of the idols,
11 shall I not do to Jerusalem and sher idols
tas I have done to Samaria and her images?”
12 uWhen the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, vhe7 will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes. 13 wFor he says:
15 Shall xthe axe boast over him who hews with it,
will send wasting sickness among his ystout warriors,
and under his glory za burning will be kindled,
17 aThe light of Israel will become a fire,
and bhis Holy One a flame,
and cit will burn and devour
his thorns and briers din one day.
20 gIn that day hthe remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more ilean on him who struck them, but jwill lean on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. 21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, kto the mighty God. 22 lFor though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea, monly a remnant of them will return. nDestruction is decreed, overflowing with righteousness. 23 For the Lord God of hosts will make a full end, as decreed, in the midst of all the earth.
24 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “O my people, owho dwell in Zion, pbe not afraid of the Assyrians when they strike with the rod and lift up their staff against you as qthe Egyptians did. 25 For rin a very little while my fury will come to an end, and my anger will be directed to their destruction. 26 And sthe Lord of hosts will wield against them a whip, as when he struck tMidian uat the rock of Oreb. And his staff will be over the sea, and he will lift it vas he did in Egypt. 27 And in that day whis burden will depart from your shoulder, and xhis yoke from your neck; and the yoke will be broken because of the fat.”8
he has passed through yMigron;
at Michmash he stores zhis baggage;
29 they have crossed over athe pass;
at bGeba they lodge for the night;
dGibeah of Saul has fled.
30 Cry aloud, O daughter of eGallim!
O poor fAnathoth!
32 This very day he will halt at gNob;
at the mount of hthe daughter of Zion,
34 He will cut down jthe thickets of the forest with an axe,
and kLebanon will fall by the Majestic One.
11 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of lJesse,
2 And mthe Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
or decide disputes by owhat his ears hear,
4 but pwith righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and he shall qstrike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and tfaithfulness the belt of his loins.
6 uThe wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
9 uThey shall not hurt or destroy
in all vmy holy mountain;
wfor the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
11 aIn that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, bfrom Assyria, bfrom Egypt, from cPathros, from dCush,9 from eElam, from fShinar, from gHamath, and from hthe coastlands of the sea.
12 He will raise za signal for the nations
and will assemble ithe banished of Israel,
13 jThe jealousy of Ephraim shall depart,
14 kBut they shall swoop down on the shoulder of the Philistines in the west,
and together they shall plunder lthe people of the east.
and pthe Ammonites shall obey them.
15 And the Lord will utterly destroy10
qthe tongue of the Sea of Egypt,
and will wave his hand over rthe River
with his scorching breath,11
16 And there will be sa highway from Assyria
tas there was for Israel
vyour anger turned away,
z“Give thanks to the Lord,
amake known his deeds among the peoples,
proclaim bthat his name is exalted.
5 c“Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
let this be made known15 in all the earth.