5:3 The sovereign Lord says this:
“The city that marches out with a thousand soldiers 1 will have only a hundred left;
“Seek me 6 so you can live!
1 tn The word “soldiers” is supplied in the translation for clarification.
2 tn Heb “The one.” The word “town” has been used in the translation in keeping with the relative sizes of the armed contingents sent out by each. It is also possible that this line is speaking of the same city of the previous line. In other words, the contingent sent by that one city would have suffered a ninety-nine percent casualty loss.
3 tn The word “soldiers” is supplied in the translation for clarification.
4 tn Heb “for/to the house of Israel.” The translation assumes that this is a graphic picture of what is left over for the defense of the nation (NEB, NJB, NASB, NKJV). Others suggest that this phrase completes the introductory formula (“The sovereign
5 tn Heb “house.”
6 sn The following verses explain what it meant to seek the