Fathers will hear the hoofbeats of the enemies’ horses, the clatter of their chariots and the rumbling of their wheels. They will not turn back to save their children because they will be paralyzed with fear. 1
Shout out praises to the Lord, all the earth! Break out in a joyful shout and sing!
The sound of battle comes from the city; the sound comes from the temple! It is the sound of the Lord paying back his enemies.
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.
So I prophesied as I was commanded. There was a sound when I prophesied – I heard 1 a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to bone.
He will cover you with the dust kicked up by his many horses. 1 Your walls will shake from the noise of the horsemen, wheels, and chariots when he enters your gates like those who invade through a city’s broken walls. 2
For the music director; a song, a psalm. Shout out praise to God, all the earth!
Come! Let’s sing for joy to the Lord! Let’s shout out praises to our protector who delivers us! 2
With trumpets and the blaring of the ram’s horn, shout out praises before the king, the Lord!
I will silence 1 the noise of your songs; the sound of your harps will be heard no more.
People were unable to tell the difference between the sound of joyous shouting and the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people were shouting so loudly 1 that the sound was heard a long way off.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, 1 the heavens will disappear 2 with a horrific noise, 3 and the celestial bodies 4 will melt away 5 in a blaze, 6 and the earth and every deed done on it 7 will be laid bare. 8
They had breastplates 1 like iron breastplates, and the sound of their wings was like the noise of many horse-drawn chariots charging into battle.
Indeed, this is what the Lord says to me: “The Lord will be like a growling lion, like a young lion growling over its prey. 1 Though a whole group of shepherds gathers against it, it is not afraid of their shouts or intimidated by their yelling. 2 In this same way the Lord who commands armies will descend to do battle on Mount Zion and on its hill. 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!”
The many nations massing together are as good as dead, 1 those who make a commotion as loud as the roaring of the sea’s waves. 2 The people making such an uproar are as good as dead, 3 those who make an uproar as loud as the roaring of powerful waves. 4
The people of the earth will quake when they hear Babylon has been captured. Her cries of anguish will be heard by the other nations.” 1