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.
“As for me, 1 this 2 is my covenant with you: You will be the father of a multitude of nations.
The nations run away when they hear a loud noise; 1 the nations scatter when you spring into action! 2
I will silence 1 the noise of your songs; the sound of your harps will be heard no more.
Take away from me your 1 noisy songs; I don’t want to hear the music of your stringed instruments. 2
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
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
“‘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.
I will pour out my anger upon Pelusium, 1 the stronghold of Egypt; I will cut off 2 the hordes of Thebes.
One of his advisers replied, “Pick some men and have them take five of the horses that are left in the city. (Even if they are killed, their fate will be no different than that of all the Israelite people – we’re all going to die!) 1 Let’s send them out so we can know for sure what’s going on.” 2
No longer will your name be 1 Abram. Instead, your name will be Abraham 2 because I will make you 3 the father of a multitude of nations.
He wisely placed some of his many sons throughout the regions of Judah and Benjamin in the various fortified cities. 1 He supplied them with abundant provisions and acquired many wives for them. 2
Messengers 1 arrived and reported to Jehoshaphat, “A huge army is attacking you from the other side of the Dead Sea, 2 from the direction of Edom. 3 Look, they are in Hazezon Tamar (that is, En Gedi).”
I will remember and weep! 1 For I was once walking along with the great throng to the temple of God, shouting and giving thanks along with the crowd as we celebrated the holy festival. 2
The Beloved to Her Lover: Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-Hamon; he leased out 1 the vineyard to those who maintained it. Each was to bring a thousand shekels of silver for its fruit.
1 There is a loud noise on the mountains – it sounds like a large army! 2 There is great commotion among the kingdoms 3 – nations are being assembled! The Lord who commands armies is mustering forces for battle.
The many nations massing together are as good as dead, 1 those who make a commotion as loud as the roaring of the sea’s waves. 2 The people making such an uproar are as good as dead, 3 those who make an uproar as loud as the roaring of powerful waves. 4
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.
For the fortress is neglected; the once-crowded 1 city is abandoned. Hill 2 and watchtower are permanently uninhabited. 3 Wild donkeys love to go there, and flocks graze there. 4