Now an archer shot an arrow at random 1 and it struck the king of Israel between the plates of his armor. The king 2 ordered his charioteer, “Turn around and take me from the battle line, 3 for I am wounded.”
Because you did that, I, the Lord, affirm that 1 a time is coming when I will make Rabbah, the capital city of Ammon, hear the sound of the battle cry. It will become a mound covered with ruins. 2 Its villages will be burned to the ground. 3 Then Israel will take back its land from those who took their land from them. I, the Lord, affirm it! 4
“Raise up battle flags throughout the lands. Sound the trumpets calling the nations to do battle. Prepare the nations to do battle against Babylonia. 1 Call for these kingdoms to attack her: Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz. 2 Appoint a commander to lead the attack. 3 Send horses 4 against her like a swarm of locusts. 5
When the Israelites had mustered and had received their supplies, they marched out to face them in battle. When the Israelites deployed opposite them, they were like two small flocks 1 of goats, but the Syrians filled the land.
In a battle in Gath 1 there was a large man who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot – twenty-four in all! He too was a descendant of Rapha.
Uzziah had an army of skilled warriors trained for battle. They were organized by divisions according to the muster rolls made by Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the officer under the authority of Hananiah, a royal official.
They will surrender their stronghold 1 because of fear; 2 their officers will be afraid of the Lord’s battle flag.” 3 This is what the Lord says – the one whose fire is in Zion, whose firepot is in Jerusalem. 4
I said, 1 “Oh, the feeling in the pit of my stomach! 2 I writhe in anguish. Oh, the pain in my heart! 3 My heart pounds within me. I cannot keep silent. For I hear the sound of the trumpet; 4 the sound of the battle cry pierces my soul! 5
(2:2) The watchmen of Nineveh shout: 1 “An enemy who will scatter you 2 is marching out 3 to attack you!” 4 “Guard 5 the rampart! 6 Watch the road! Prepare yourselves for battle! 7 Muster your mighty strength!” 8
The shields of his warriors are dyed red; 1 the mighty soldiers are dressed in scarlet garments. 2 The metal fittings 3 of the chariots 4 shine like 5 fire 6 on the day of battle; 7 the soldiers brandish 8 their spears. 9
Then you responded to me and admitted, “We have sinned against the Lord. We will now go up and fight as the Lord our God has told us to do.” So you each put on your battle gear and prepared to go up to the hill country.