Hear 1 the sound of those who divide the sheep 2 among the watering places; there they tell of 3 the Lord’s victorious deeds, the victorious deeds of his warriors 4 in Israel. Then the Lord’s people went down to the city gates –
Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Arkite sounds better than the advice of Ahithophel.” Now the Lord had decided 1 to frustrate the sound advice of Ahithophel, so that the Lord could bring disaster on Absalom.
So they took a bull, as he had suggested, 1 and prepared it. They invoked the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “Baal, answer us.” But there was no sound and no answer. They jumped 2 around on the altar they had made. 3
The Lord had caused the Syrian camp to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a large army. Then they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has paid the kings of the Hittites and Egypt to attack us!”
Sound your battle cry 1 against the wild beast of the reeds, 2 and the nations that assemble like a herd of calves led by bulls! 3 They humble themselves 4 and offer gold and silver as tribute. 5 God 6 scatters 7 the nations that like to do battle.
The one who runs away from the sound of the terror will fall into the pit; 1 the one who climbs out of the pit, will be trapped by the snare. For the floodgates of the heavens 2 are opened up 3 and the foundations of the earth shake.
So the Lord’s word to them will sound like meaningless gibberish, senseless babbling, a syllable here, a syllable there. 1 As a result, they will fall on their backsides when they try to walk, 2 and be injured, ensnared, and captured. 3
You will fall; while lying on the ground 1 you will speak; from the dust where you lie, your words will be heard. 2 Your voice will sound like a spirit speaking from the underworld; 3 from the dust you will chirp as if muttering an incantation. 4
Certainly the Lord will console Zion; he will console all her ruins. He will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the Garden of the Lord. Happiness and joy will be restored to 1 her, thanksgiving and the sound of music.
At the sound of the approaching horsemen and archers the people of every town will flee. Some of them will hide in the thickets. Others will climb up among the rocks. All the cities will be deserted. No one will remain in them.
Its soldiers are armed with bows and spears. They are cruel and show no mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride forth on their horses. Lined up in formation like men going into battle to attack you, Daughter Zion.’” 1
The snorting of the enemy’s horses is already being heard in the city of Dan. The sound of the neighing of their stallions 1 causes the whole land to tremble with fear. They are coming to destroy the land and everything in it! They are coming to destroy 2 the cities and everyone who lives in them!”
I said, 1 “I will weep and mourn 2 for the grasslands on the mountains, 3 I will sing a mournful song for the pastures in the wilderness because they are so scorched no one travels through them. The sound of livestock is no longer heard there. Even the birds in the sky and the wild animals in the fields have fled and are gone.”
I will put an end to the sounds of joy and gladness, to the glad celebration of brides and grooms in these lands. 1 I will put an end to the sound of people grinding meal. I will put an end to lamps shining in their houses. 2
Anyone who flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit. Anyone who climbs out of the pit will be caught in a trap. 1 For the time is coming when I will punish the people of Moab. 2 I, the Lord, affirm it! 3
Its soldiers are armed with bows and spears. They are cruel and show no mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride forth on their horses. Lined up in formation like men going into battle, they are coming against you, fair Babylon! 1
“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
I made the nations shake at the sound of its fall, when I threw it down to Sheol, along with those who descend to the pit. 1 Then all the trees of Eden, the choicest and the best of Lebanon, all that were well-watered, were comforted in the earth below.
Therefore when they all 1 heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, trigon, harp, pipes, 2 and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations, and language groups began bowing down and paying homage to the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had erected.
The sailors were so afraid that each cried out 1 to his own god 2 and they flung 3 the ship’s cargo 4 overboard 5 to make the ship lighter. 6 Jonah, meanwhile, 7 had gone down 8 into the hold 9 below deck,