The prophet sheweth the cursed folly in trusting to Egypt, and forsaking of God.
Isaiah 31:1 Alas! for them who are going down to Egypt for help, On horses, would rely,And have trustedIn chariotsbecause they are many, and, In horsemen, because they are very bold, But have not looked unto the Holy One of Israel, And, onto Yahweh, have not sought. Isaiah 31:2 But, he also, is wise, and hath brought in calamity, And, his own words, hath he not set aside,Therefore will he rise up, Against the house of evil-doers, and, Against the help of the workers of iniquity. Isaiah 31:3 Now, the Egyptians, are, men, and not, GOD, And, their horses, flesh, and not, spirit; When, Yahweh, shall stretch out his hand, Then, he that is giving help, shall stumble, And, he that is receiving help, shall fall, And, together, shall, all of them, vanish! Isaiah 31:4 For, Thus, hath Yahweh said unto meLike as a lion or a young lion growleth, over his prey. Whothough there be called out against him a multitude of shepherdsWill not, at their voice, be dismayed, Nor, at their noise, be daunted, So, will Yahweh of hosts come down, to make war over Mount Zion, and over the hill thereof. Isaiah 31:5 As little mother-birds hovering, so, will Yahweh of hosts throw a covering over Jerusalem,Covering, so will he rescue, Passing over, so will he deliver!
He exhorteth to conversion.
Isaiah 31:6 Return ye unto him, against whom the sons of Israel have deeply, revolted, Isaiah 31:7 For, in that day, will every man reject his idols of silver, and his idols of gold,Which your hands had made for you, as a sin!
He sheweth the fall of Assyria.
Isaiah 31:8 Then shall the Assyrian fall, by the sword, not of a great man, And, the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him,Howbeit he shall take his flight from the face of a sword, And, his young men, shall come, under tribute; Isaiah 31:9 And, his own Cliff, through terror, shall he pass by, And his princes, shall be dismayed at an ensign,Declareth Yahweh, Who hath a flame in Zion, And hath a furnace in Jerusalem.