Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
Isaiah described the future, as if it had already taken place. He told Judah that enemy invaders have made them desolate and Jerusalem, the daughter of Zion, like a crude, temporary hut, standing amid the wreckage. But if not for the grace of God, in sparing a very small remnant, the destruction would have been as complete as that of Sodom and Gomorrah.