The thickets of the forest will be chopped down with an ax, and mighty Lebanon will fall. 1
when they crouch in their dens, when they wait in ambush in the thicket?
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.
Here is a message about Arabia: In the thicket of Arabia you spend the night, you Dedanite caravans.
Listen to the howling of shepherds, because their magnificence has been destroyed. Listen to the roaring of young lions, because the thickets of the Jordan have been devastated.
The men of Israel realized they had a problem because their army was hard pressed. So the army hid in caves, thickets, cliffs, strongholds, 1 and cisterns.
They invade like lumberjacks swinging their axes in a thick forest. 1
The Lord answered, 1 “If you have raced on foot against men and they have worn you out, how will you be able to compete with horses? And if you feel secure only 2 in safe and open country, 3 how will you manage in the thick undergrowth along the Jordan River? 4
“A lion coming up from the thick undergrowth along the Jordan scatters the sheep in the pastureland around it. So too I will chase the Babylonians off of their land. Then I will appoint over it whomever I choose. For there is no one like me. There is no one who can call me to account. There is no ruler that can stand up against me.
I will destroy her vines and fig trees, about which she said, “These are my wages for prostitution 1 that my lovers gave to me!” I will turn her cultivated vines and fig trees 2 into an uncultivated thicket, so that wild animals 3 will devour them.
“A lion coming up from the thick undergrowth along the Jordan 1 scatters the sheep in the pastureland around it. 2 So too I will chase the Edomites off their land. 3 Then I will appoint over it whomever I choose. 4 For there is no one like me, and there is no one who can call me to account. 5 There is no 6 ruler 7 who can stand up against me.
Does a lion roar in the woods if he has not cornered his prey? 1 Does a young lion bellow from his den if he has not caught something?
Shepherd your people with your shepherd’s rod, 1 the flock that belongs to you, 2 the one that lives alone in a thicket, in the midst of a pastureland. 3 Allow them to graze in Bashan and Gilead, 4 as they did in the old days. 5