This poem is an interpretation of part of the Bible (Isaiah 10). This part of the Bible discusses the Assyrians, who think they have become gods. God uses them to test and correct other nations, but the Assyrians will also be humbled. Those who survive in the land will follow God and will no longer be oppressed by anyone.
The Assyrians, empowered by the Lord,
Took the world’s treasures as their reward
For He sent them against godless nations
To humble their proud civilizations
But now the Assyrians think they are gods
Though they are, in God’s hands, only rods
Used to correct God’s wandering creatures
Who would not learn through other teachers
But now the Assyrians ceaselessly boast
The land belongs to us, from coast to coast
But do you think that God will exempt you?
Do you think that you won’t be humbled too?
The Assyrians think they have understanding
But they don’t know that it’s God who’s commanding
They rejoice at the ease with which they plunder
When they terrify the earth with their thunder
They plan to cut off many from the land
And think their kingdom will always expand
But the Lord has an end for their kingdom, too
And the oppressed think that it’s long overdue
What has the Lord planned for the Assyrian band?
Men will be flames and the Holy One a firebrand
And God will consume these thorns in a single day
When He moves stumbling blocks out of the way
Woe to the unjust Assyrians for their pride
Who have the rights of the helpless poor denied
So now what can they do at the end of it all
But hide with the captives or by the sword fall?
For destruction will overtake all of the earth
And put a complete end to all of their mirth
And to whom will they go to save their souls?
Those who were “gods” will hide with the moles
So do not fear the Assyrians’ strokes
Though you now labor under their yokes
For though you now eat the jailor’s bread
When once you walk free, you will be well-fed
And though the people of the earth will burn
A small remnant of survivors will return
For though the people are like the shore’s sand
Only a small part will remain in the land
And this part will never again rely
On an oppressor who does God deny
But this part will forever depend
On God, and He will his love extend