Look, you must be trusting in Egypt, that splintered reed staff. If someone leans on it for support, it punctures his hand and wounds him. That is what Pharaoh king of Egypt does to all who trust in him!
The trees of the field will yield their fruit and the earth will yield its crops. They will live securely on their land; they will know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hand of those who enslaved them.
How the warriors have fallen! The weapons of war 1 are destroyed!
So they marched against Baal Perazim and David defeated them there. David said, “Using me as his instrument, 1 God has burst out against my enemies like water bursts out.” So that place is called Baal Perazim. 2
When you bring foreigners, those uncircumcised in heart and in flesh, into my sanctuary, you desecrate 1 it – even my house – when you offer my food, the fat and the blood. You 2 have broken my covenant by all your abominable practices.
“‘You must not present to the Lord something blind, or with a broken bone, or mutilated, or with a running sore, 1 or with a festering eruption, or with a feverish rash. 2 You must not give any of these as a gift 3 on the altar to the Lord.
Elijah then told all the people, “Approach me.” So all the people approached him. He repaired the altar of the Lord that had been torn down. 1
Your rowers have brought you into surging waters. The east wind has wrecked you in the heart of the seas.
A sword will come against Egypt and panic will overtake Ethiopia when the slain fall in Egypt and they carry away her wealth and dismantle her foundations.
In that the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, the latter stages of this kingdom will be partly strong and partly fragile.
So David marched against Baal Perazim and defeated them there. Then he said, “The Lord has burst out against my enemies like water bursts out.” So he called the name of that place Baal Perazim. 1
“Announce 1 the news among the nations! Proclaim it! Signal for people to pay attention! 2 Declare the news! Do not hide it! Say: ‘Babylon will be captured. Bel 3 will be put to shame. Marduk will be dismayed. Babylon’s idols will be put to shame. Her disgusting images 4 will be dismayed. 5
Now look, you must be trusting in Egypt, that splintered reed staff. If a man leans for support on it, it punctures his hand and wounds him. That is what Pharaoh king of Egypt does to all who trust in him.
It shatters in pieces like a clay jar, so shattered to bits that none of it can be salvaged. 1 Among its fragments one cannot find a shard large enough 2 to scoop a hot coal from a fire 3 or to skim off water from a cistern.” 4