LORD, false accusers have risen up!
Had they not seen, o LORD
Had they not seen what was done to the wicked ones
Whom your people were tormented by?
Had they not seen
How they belched forth words
And were destroyed in a moment?
LORD? How long shall they shoot forth lies
At the merciful ones?
How long shall they speak vanity
And shame the counsel of the poor?
LORD, there is no violence in our hands
We of Israel.
There is no malice nor intent to destroy in our hearts.
We go forth, spreading forth our seed
We wait for the harvest.
We look to the ground
And see the shoots springing forth.
We wait on these, like a harvest
Bountiful to our God.
Father, the harvest springs forth
But then there is none to consume for our people.
It springs forth, and it is eaten by the heathen nations who surround us.
Father, and when they fall into judgment
When they go forth into the grave
By their own wickedness and stupidity
Father, we, we are the ones who are held accountable.
Father, first they make war
And when we don’t draw out our swords
They fall ‘pon rocks
And are dashed to pieces
By their own hands
By their own weapons
By their own lies.
And then they say unto Israel, “Aha! Aha!
“We see! You are the wicked
“And murderous generation!
“We lay forth a curse every so many generations!
“And we change the laws!
“We have you in our trap now!”
LORD, had they not seen the previous traps laid against Israel
How it dashed them to pieces?
How their entrails were as bursting forth from them?
LORD, yet they multiply a war against You, and only You.
Their weapons prospered for a little while
Making the dearth of your people very great.
Yet, in the valleys, decision was made
And great was the slaughter at Beth-Hashaida.
Why, then, do they continue to attack?
Why then, do they continue to slaughter your people?
Their own traps sprung on them
And now they multiply even greater war.
Yet, the war shall be turned to the gate.
It has now left Zion.
Say this now, Israel,
“The war has now left Zion.”
Now shall the Assyrian be made war with in his own country.
Now shall they be slaughtered
And now shall they be laid waste.
Yet not by the sword, nor by man’s devices.
Now shall they be held in captivity
And their people mocked and on display
For the whole world to see.
The LORD decreed a destruction against you
And even had you laid down your weapons
The slaughter would be great.
We, the LORD’s people
Would have followed you with our words
And wagged the tongue at you
And watched you flee as dogs
From the prey
When the lions come to tear.
That shall be you,
Yet the lions will want live prey
And they shall follow you to your holes
And they shall rip the enemies of the LORD’s people to pieces.
Yet, you continue war.
War with the LORD shall not prosper you
Oh king of Israel.
Pekah, the merciful man has spared you
The merciful man has blessed you.
For one battle, you are enraged
Yet now let Zion tear forth her walls
O Israel, for your people are a great number
Yet they multiply their vanities.
For these vanities, you bring forth and wag the tongue.
Now we shall lay forth the curse on you
And wag our tongues at you.
Assyria has visited the prophets.
Assyria has visited the lame
And the saints.
Now shall go forth the slaughter as at Midian
O Pekah, king of Israel.
Into captivity shall you go
To the nations whom you did not know.
Judah shall be set free.
Judah shall be eating in the valleys.
Judah shall feed by the brooks.
Judah, O King of Israel, whom you were at war with.
Judah shall confess the curse upon thee
For smiting your brethren
And continually bringing them to shame.
For your curses and your vanities
O Pekah, King of Israel
Shall be your shame.
All your words shall fall on your own head
And depart from the land of Judah.
Assyria’s king shall hear of a great rumor
And shall return unto his cities.
The prophet says to you,
Oh Assyrian? Where is the blessing?
Had not even you done so to us?
And Pekah will be left bare without you
And he shall be as a heath in a burning woods
Consumed by the fires of his own curses.
He shall be laid low in the valleys of Kidron
As the LORD’s people eat, and Judah rejoices with the wife,
LORD, the wife You have chosen for him.
For Judah shall be called “Israel” wherever a blessing rests.
And Judah shall be called “Judah” wherever a blessing rests.
O! Ephraim, Pekah King of Israel, you shall be called so, and even called Judah
Wherever a curse shall rest.
Therefore, the curse which you smote the LORD’s people with
The one which you found by our laws,
It shall fall on your head, o Northern King.
And the curses shall rest on you
O foolish king.
Thus ends the words of the Prophet.