44:28 Some who survive in battle will return to the land of Judah from the land of Egypt. But they will be very few indeed! 1 Then the Judean remnant who have come to live in the land of Egypt will know whose word proves true, 2 mine or theirs.’ 44:29 Moreover the Lord says, 3 ‘I will make something happen to prove that I will punish you in this place. I will do it so that you will know that my threats to bring disaster on you will prove true. 4
1 tn Heb “The survivors of the sword will return from the land of Egypt to the land of Judah few in number [more literally, “men of number”; for the idiom see BDB 709 s.v. מִסְפָּר 1.a].” The term “survivors of the sword” may be intended to represent both those who survive death in war or death by starvation or disease, a synecdoche of species for all three genera.
sn This statement shows that the preceding “none,” “never again,” “all” in vv. 26-27 are rhetorical hyperbole. Not all but almost all; very few would survive. The following statement implies that the reason that they are left alive is to bear witness to the fact that the
2 tn Heb “will stand,” i.e., in the sense of being fulfilled, proving to be true, or succeeding (see BDB 878 s.v. קוּם 7.g).
3 tn Heb “oracle of the
4 tn Heb “This will be to you the sign, oracle of the