The prophet sheweth the cursed folly in trusting to Egypt, and forsaking of God.
Isaiah 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for helpe, and stay on horses, and trust in charets, because they [are] many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong: but they looke not vnto the Holy one of Israel, neither seeke the LORD. Isaiah 31:2 Yet he also [is] wise, and will bring euill, and wil not call backe his words: but will arise against the house of the euill doers, and against the helpe of them that worke iniquitie. Isaiah 31:3 Now the Egyptians [are] men and not God, and their horses flesh and not spirit: when the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and hee that is holpen shall fall downe, and they all shall faile together. Isaiah 31:4 For thus hath the LORD spoken vnto me; Like as the lyon and the yong lyon roaring on his pray, when a multitude of shepheards is called foorth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himselfe for the noyse of them: so shall the LORD of hostes come downe to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof. Isaiah 31:5 As birds flying, so wil the LORD of hostes defend Ierusalem, defending also hee will deliuer [it, and] passing ouer, he will preserue [it].
He exhorteth to conversion.
Isaiah 31:6 Turne yee vnto him from whom the children of Israel haue deeply reuolted. Isaiah 31:7 For in that day euery man shall cast away his idoles of siluer, and his idoles of gold, which your owne hands haue made vnto you for a sinne.
He sheweth the fall of Assyria.
Isaiah 31:8 Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mightie man; and the sword, not of a meane man, shal deuoure him: but hee shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited. Isaiah 31:9 And hee shall passe ouer to his strong holde for feare, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensigne, sayth the LORD, whose fire [is] in Zion, and his fornace in Ierusalem.