“Be sure of this:
Just as I have intended, so it will be;
just as I have planned, it will happen.
and who can possibly frustrate it?
His hand is ready to strike,
and who can possibly stop it? 3
1 sn Having announced the downfall of the Chaldean empire, the Lord appends to this prophecy a solemn reminder that the Assyrians, the major Mesopotamian power of Isaiah’s day, would be annihilated, foreshadowing what would subsequently happen to Babylon and the other hostile nations.
2 tn Or “For” (KJV, NASB, NIV, NRSV).
3 tn Heb “His hand is outstretched and who will turn it back?”