Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks. For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man: And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped. Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood. Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire. And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day; And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standardbearer fainteth. And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.
God will punish the pride and arrogance of the king of Assyria. The king ascribes his success to his own strength and wisdom. The rod and staff, which was made, should not think that they are better than the one who made them. The king of Assyria bragged that he was greater than the God of heaven and did not realize that the only reason that he had power was due to God giving it to him. A terrible disaster will strike Assyria’s warriors, who were also called his glory and the glory of his forest and of his fruitful field. The light of Israel is the Lord, and His thorns and His briers are the Assyrian troops. When all is done, the survivors of those troops will be so few that a child will be able to count them.