“Wickedness burned like a fire.
It consumed briers.
It consumed thorns.
It kindled the thickets of the forest.
They swirled upward
In a column of smoke.
Through the wrath of Yahweh of hosts
The land was burned.
The people became
Like fuel for the fire.
No one spared another.
They gorged on the right.
But they were still hungry.
They devoured on the left.
But they were not satisfied.
The flesh of their own kindred.
Manasseh devoured Ephraim.
Ephraim devoured Manasseh.
Together they were against Judah.
Thus his anger has not turned away.
His hand is still stretched out.”
Isaiah says that wickedness burned like a fire consuming all briers and thorns, like a forest fire. The northern Israelites would be like swirling smoke because the wrath of God would come upon them. He would burn their land with the people on it as fuel for the fire. No one would be spared because they would become like cannibals, eating their own relatives, but never satisfied. They would turn on each other. Even the 2 northern brother tribes of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, would turn on each other. They would also attack Judah. Once again, this statement ends with the refrain that the angry hand of Yahweh was still outstretched against northern Israel.