49:24 Can spoils be taken from a warrior,
or captives be rescued from a conqueror? 1
49:25 Indeed,” says the Lord,
“captives will be taken from a warrior;
spoils will be rescued from a conqueror.
I will oppose your adversary
and I will rescue your children.
49:26 I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh;
they will get drunk on their own blood, as if it were wine. 2
Then all humankind 3 will recognize that
I am the Lord, your deliverer,
2 sn Verse 26a depicts siege warfare and bloody defeat. The besieged enemy will be so starved they will their own flesh. The bloodstained bodies lying on the blood-soaked battle site will look as if they collapsed in drunkenness.
3 tn Heb “flesh” (so KJV, NASB).