The people say, 1 “Why are we just sitting here? Let us gather together inside the fortified cities. 2 Let us at least die there fighting, 3 since the Lord our God has condemned us to die. He has condemned us to drink the poison waters of judgment 4 because we have sinned against him. 5
|NET © Notes||
2 tn Heb “Gather together and let us enter into the fortified cities.”
3 tn Heb “Let us die there.” The words “at least” and “fighting” are intended to bring out the contrast of passive surrender to death in the open country and active resistance to the death implicit in the context.
4 tn The words “of judgment” are not in the text but are intended to show that “poison water” is not literal but figurative of judgment at the hands of God through the agency of the enemy mentioned in v. 16.
5 tn Heb “against the