The defeat of the Assyrians (Isa 31:8-31:9)

“‘Then the Assyrian shall fall

By a sword

Not of mortals.

A sword,

Not of humans,

Shall devour him.

He shall flee from the sword.

His young men

Shall be put to forced labor.

His rock shall pass away in terror.

His officers desert the standard in panic.’

So says Yahweh.

‘His fire is in Zion.

His furnace is in Jerusalem.’”

Once again, we have an oracle of Yahweh, via Isaiah. Yahweh proclaimed that the Assyrians would not die from the sword of men or humans. They would flee and be put into forced labor. They would be terrified as their officers would desert their places. This oracle of Yahweh indicates that his fire was in Zion, while his furnace was in Jerusalem.

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