29:5 But the horde of invaders will be like fine dust,
the horde of tyrants 1 like chaff that is blown away.
It will happen suddenly, in a flash.
29:6 Judgment will come from the Lord who commands armies, 2
accompanied by thunder, earthquake, and a loud noise,
by a strong gale, a windstorm, and a consuming flame of fire.
29:7 It will be like a dream, a night vision.
There will be a horde from all the nations that fight against Ariel,
those who attack her and her stronghold and besiege her.
29:8 It will be like a hungry man dreaming that he is eating,
only to awaken and find that his stomach is empty. 3
It will be like a thirsty man dreaming that he is drinking,
only to awaken and find that he is still weak and his thirst unquenched. 4
So it will be for the horde from all the nations
that fight against Mount Zion.
1 tn Or “violent men”; cf. NASB “the ruthless ones.”
2 tn Heb “from the Lord who commands armies [traditionally, the Lord of hosts] there will be visitation.” The third feminine singular passive verb form תִּפָּקֵד (tippaqed, “she/it will be visited”) is used here in an impersonal sense. See GKC 459 §144.b.
3 tn Or “that he [or “his appetite”] is unsatisfied.”
4 tn Or “that he is faint and that he [or “his appetite”] longs [for water].”