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.
Crowds, great crowds are in the valley of decision, for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision! 1
The little bit that a godly man owns is better than the wealth of many evil men, 1
By the swords of the mighty warriors I will cause your hordes to fall – all of them are the most terrifying among the nations. They will devastate the pride of Egypt, and all its hordes will be destroyed.
“Then the king of the south 1 will be enraged and will march out to fight against the king of the north, who will also muster a large army, but that army will be delivered into his hand.
“As for me, 1 this 2 is my covenant with you: You will be the father of a multitude of nations.
It scorns the tumult in the town; it does not hear the shouts of a driver. 1
You calm the raging seas 1 and their roaring waves, as well as the commotion made by the nations. 2
The nations run away when they hear a loud noise; 1 the nations scatter when you spring into action! 2
The sea has swept over Babylon. She has been covered by a multitude 1 of its waves. 2
I will silence 1 the noise of your songs; the sound of your harps will be heard no more.
When the army is taken away, the king of the south will become arrogant. 1 He will be responsible for the death 2 of thousands and thousands of people, 3 but he will not continue to prevail.
Take away from me your 1 noisy songs; I don’t want to hear the music of your stringed instruments. 2
Saul’s watchmen at Gibeah in the territory of Benjamin 1 looked on 2 as the crowd of soldiers seemed to melt away first in one direction and then in another. 3
Then Elijah told Ahab, “Go on up and eat and drink, for the sound of a heavy rainstorm can be heard.” 1
because I was terrified 1 of the great multitude, 2 and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I remained silent and would not go outdoors – 3
Therefore my 1 people will be deported 2 because of their lack of understanding. Their 3 leaders will have nothing to eat, 4 their 5 masses will have nothing to drink. 6
We know our noisy worship of false gods on the hills and mountains did not help us. 1 We know that the Lord our God is the only one who can deliver Israel. 2
“They have blown the trumpet and everyone is ready, but no one goes to battle, because my anger is against their whole crowd. 1
“‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: I will put an end to the hordes of Egypt, by the hand of King Nebuchadrezzar 1 of Babylon.