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 help, and depend on horses, and confide in chariots because [they are] many, and in horsemen because they are very strong; and who look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek Jehovah! Isaiah 31:2 But he also is wise, and he bringeth evil, and recalleth not his words; and he will arise against the house of evildoers, and against the help of workers of iniquity. Isaiah 31:3 And the Egyptians are men, and not *God, and their horses flesh, and not spirit; and Jehovah shall stretch forth his hand, and he that helpeth shall stumble, and he that is helped shall fall, and they all shall perish together. Isaiah 31:4 For thus hath Jehovah said unto me: Like as the lion and the young lion growling over his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, is not afraid of their voice, nor giveth way before the multitude of them; so will Jehovah of hosts come down to war upon mount Zion, and on the hill thereof. Isaiah 31:5 As birds with outstretched wings, so will Jehovah of hosts cover Jerusalem; covering, he will also deliver, passing over, he will rescue [it].
He exhorteth to conversion.
Isaiah 31:6 Turn unto him from whom ye have deeply revolted, ye children of Israel; Isaiah 31:7 for in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which your sinful hands have made unto you.
He sheweth the fall of Assyria.
Isaiah 31:8 And Asshur shall fall by the sword, not of a great man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: and he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall become tributary; Isaiah 31:9 and for fear, he shall pass over to his rock, and his princes shall be afraid of the banner, saith Jehovah, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.