This message came to me the year King Ahaz died: 1
Do not rejoice, you Philistines,
that the rod that struck you is broken -
that the king who attacked you is dead.
For from that snake a more poisonous snake will be born,
a fiery serpent to destroy you!
30 I will feed the poor in my pasture;
the needy will lie down in peace.
But as for you, I will wipe you out with famine
and destroy the few who remain.
31 Wail at the gates! Weep in the cities!
Melt with fear, you Philistines!
A powerful army comes like smoke from the north.
Each soldier rushes forward eager to fight.
What should we tell the Philistine messengers? Tell them,
“The Lord has built Jerusalem 2 ;
its walls will give refuge to his oppressed people.”