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Isaiah 30:16-17

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30:16 You say, ‘No, we will flee on horses,’

so you will indeed flee.

You say, ‘We will ride on fast horses,’

so your pursuers will be fast.

30:17 One thousand will scurry at the battle cry of one enemy soldier; 1 

at the battle cry of five enemy soldiers you will all run away, 2 

until the remaining few are as isolated 3 

as a flagpole on a mountaintop

or a signal flag on a hill.”

1 tn Heb “One thousand from before [or “because of”] one battle cry.” גְּעָרָה (gÿarah) is often defined as “threat,” but in war contexts it likely refers to a shout or battle cry. See Ps 76:6.

2 tn Heb “from before [or “because of”] the battle cry of five you will flee.

3 tn Heb “until you are left” (so NAB, NASB, NRSV).



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