When his voice thunders, 1 the heavenly ocean roars. He makes the clouds rise from the far-off horizons. 2 He makes the lightning flash out in the midst of the rain. He unleashes the wind from the places where he stores it. 3
Fathers will hear the hoofbeats of the enemies’ horses, the clatter of their chariots and the rumbling of their wheels. They will not turn back to save their children because they will be paralyzed with fear. 1
Their camels will be taken as plunder. Their vast herds will be taken as spoil. I will scatter to the four winds those desert peoples who cut their hair short at the temples. 1 I will bring disaster against them from every direction,” says the Lord. 2
When his voice thunders, the waters in the heavens roar. He makes the clouds rise from the far-off horizons. He makes the lightning flash out in the midst of the rain. He unleashes the wind from the places where he stores it.
Violence 1 has grown into a staff that supports wickedness. Not one of them will be left 2 – not from their crowd, not from their wealth, not from their prominence. 3
The time has come; the day has struck! The customer should not rejoice, nor the seller mourn; for divine wrath 1 comes against their whole crowd.
A sword will come against Egypt and panic will overtake Ethiopia when the slain fall in Egypt and they carry away her wealth and dismantle her foundations.
“Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and his hordes: “‘Who are you like in your greatness?
This is a lament; they will chant it. The daughters of the nations will chant it. They will chant it over Egypt and over all her hordes, declares the sovereign Lord.”
“Son of man, wail 1 over the horde of Egypt. Bring it down; 2 bring 3 her 4 and the daughters of powerful nations down to the lower parts of the earth, along with those who descend to the pit.
“Meshech-Tubal is there, along with all her hordes around her grave. 1 All of them are uncircumcised, killed by the sword, for they spread their terror in the land of the living.
“Pharaoh will see them and be consoled over all his hordes who were killed by the sword, Pharaoh and all his army, declares the sovereign Lord.
His body resembled yellow jasper, 1 and his face had an appearance like lightning. His eyes were like blazing torches; 2 his arms and feet had the gleam of polished bronze. His voice 3 thundered forth like the sound of a large crowd.
His sons 1 will wage war, mustering a large army which will advance like an overflowing river and carrying the battle all the way to the enemy’s 2 fortress. 3
For the king of the north will again muster an army, one larger than before. At the end of some years he will advance with a huge army and enormous supplies.
While 1 Saul spoke to the priest, the panic in the Philistines’ camp was becoming greater and greater. So Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand!”
He then handed out to each member of the entire assembly of Israel, 1 both men and women, a portion of bread, a date cake, 2 and a raisin cake. Then all the people went home. 3
The king replied, “How is the young man Absalom?” Ahimaaz replied, “I saw a great deal of confusion when Joab was sending the king’s servant and me, your servant, but I don’t know what it was all about.”
Now a prophet visited King Ahab of Israel and said, “This is what the Lord says, ‘Do you see this huge army? 1 Look, I am going to hand it over to you this very day. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard, deported the rest of the people who were left in the city, those who had deserted to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the craftsmen. 1