A Fire Blazes in Zion

Isaiah 31:1 Woe betide those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on the strength of horses and chariots, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or seek guidance of the Lord.

Isaiah 31:2 Yet He too, in His wisdom can bring trouble, He does not take back His threats. He will rise up against wrongdoers and against all who go to the help of evildoers.

Isaiah 31:3 The Egyptians are mortals, not gods, their horses are flesh, not spirit. When the Lord stretches out His hand, the helper will stumble and the one who is helped will fall – both will perish together.

Isaiah 31:4-5 The Lord says; As a lion growls over its prey and is not frightened off by the clamour of the shepherds, so the Lord Almighty will come down and do battle on the heights of Mount Zion. Like a hovering bird, the Lord will shield and deliver Jerusalem.

Isaiah 31:6-7 Israel, you have been deeply disloyal, yet come back to Him – for on that Day every one of you will reject the idols and repent of your sins.

Isaiah 31:8-9 Assyria will fall, but not by any act of mortal man. They will be helpless from terror and their warriors will be captured and put to forced labour.                       This is the Word of the Lord, whose fire blazes in Zion.

        Reference; Revised English Bible, some verses abridged.

v 1 Do not rely on your own or others strength. Trust in the Lord!  Psalm 22:23-25          Deuteronomy 30:1-10,  Isaiah 30:15

v 2-3 The Lord will, Himself punish evildoers and those who refuse to seek Him.             Isaiah 66:15-16, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9

v 4  The Lord will come down and destroy His enemies. Zechariah 9:14-15, Jeremiah 30:4-7,             Isaiah 30:26

v 5   Jerusalem will be protected. Isaiah 26:20, Daniel 12:1, Psalms 69:35-36

v 6-7 Israel, your sins are as scarlet, yet they may be white as snow. Jeremiah 30:10,                 1 Peter 4:7-19

v 8-9 The Lord will defeat your enemies, they will be terrified. Psalms 58:10-11