He seized the leaders 1 of the city, along with some desert thorns and briers; he then “threshed” the men of Succoth with them. 2
With bow and arrow 1 men will hunt 2 there, for the whole land will be covered 3 with thorns and briers.
Gideon said, “Since you will not help, 1 after the Lord hands Zebah and Zalmunna over to me, I will thresh 2 your skin 3 with 4 desert thorns and briers.”
“‘No longer will Israel suffer from the sharp briers 1 or painful thorns of all who surround and scorn them. 2 Then they will know that I am the sovereign Lord.
I will make it a wasteland; no one will prune its vines or hoe its ground, 1 and thorns and briers will grow there. I will order the clouds not to drop any rain on it.
At that time 1 every place where there had been a thousand vines worth a thousand shekels will be overrun 2 with thorns and briers.
They will stay away from all the hills that were cultivated, for fear of the thorns and briers. 1 Cattle will graze there and sheep will trample on them. 2
For 1 evil burned like a fire, 2 it consumed thorns and briers; it burned up the thickets of the forest, and they went up in smoke. 3
The light of Israel 1 will become a fire, their Holy One 2 will become a flame; it will burn and consume the Assyrian king’s 3 briers and his thorns in one day.
I am not angry. I wish I could confront some thorns and briers! Then I would march against them 1 for battle; I would set them 2 all on fire,
Mourn 1 over the land of my people, which is overgrown with thorns and briers, and over all the once-happy houses 2 in the city filled with revelry. 3
Evergreens will grow in place of thorn bushes, firs will grow in place of nettles; they will be a monument to the Lord, 1 a permanent reminder that will remain. 2
The best of them is like a thorn; the most godly among them are more dangerous than a row of thorn bushes. 1 The day you try to avoid by posting watchmen – your appointed time of punishment – is on the way, 2 and then you will experience confusion. 3
But you, son of man, do not fear them, and do not fear their words – even though briers 1 and thorns 2 surround you and you live among scorpions – do not fear their words and do not be terrified of the looks they give you, 3 for they are a rebellious house!
then let thorns sprout up in place of wheat, and in place of barley, weeds!” 1 The words of Job are ended.
You uprooted a vine 1 from Egypt; you drove out nations and transplanted it.
The way of the sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, 1 but the path of the upright is like 2 a highway. 3
But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is useless and about to be cursed; 1 its fate is to be burned.
Look! 1 Even if 2 they flee from the destruction, Egypt will take hold 3 of them, and Memphis will bury them. The weeds will inherit the silver they treasure 4 – thorn bushes will occupy their homes. 5
for each tree is known 1 by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered 2 from thorns, nor are grapes picked 3 from brambles. 4