A Prophecy Against the Philistines

28 This prophecy(A) came in the year(B) King Ahaz(C) died:

29 Do not rejoice, all you Philistines,(D)
    that the rod that struck you is broken;
from the root of that snake will spring up a viper,(E)
    its fruit will be a darting, venomous serpent.(F)
30 The poorest of the poor will find pasture,
    and the needy(G) will lie down in safety.(H)
But your root I will destroy by famine;(I)
    it will slay(J) your survivors.(K)

31 Wail,(L) you gate!(M) Howl, you city!
    Melt away, all you Philistines!(N)
A cloud of smoke comes from the north,(O)
    and there is not a straggler in its ranks.(P)
32 What answer shall be given
    to the envoys(Q) of that nation?
“The Lord has established Zion,(R)
    and in her his afflicted people will find refuge.(S)

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