13:15 Everyone who is caught will be stabbed;
13:16 Their children will be smashed to pieces before their very eyes;
their houses will be looted
and their wives raped.
they are not concerned about silver,
nor are they interested in gold. 4
they have no compassion on a person’s offspring, 6
they will not 7 look with pity on children.
the Chaldeans’ source of honor and pride, 9
will be destroyed by God
just as Sodom and Gomorrah were. 10
1 tn Heb “carried off,” i.e., grabbed from the fleeing crowd. See HALOT 764 s.v. ספה.
2 tn Heb “will fall” (so KJV, NIV, NRSV); NLT “will be run through with a sword.”
3 tn Heb “against them”; NLT “against Babylon.”
4 sn They cannot be bought off, for they have a lust for bloodshed.
5 tn Heb “and bows cut to bits young men.” “Bows” stands by metonymy for arrows.
6 tn Heb “the fruit of the womb.”
7 tn Heb “their eye does not.” Here “eye” is a metonymy for the whole person.
8 tn Or “most beautiful” (NCV, TEV).
9 tn Heb “the beauty of the pride of the Chaldeans.”
sn The Chaldeans were a group of tribes who lived in southern Mesopotamia. The established the so-called neo-Babylonian empire in the late seventh century