Many will stumble over the stone and the rock, 1 and will fall and be seriously injured, and will be ensnared and captured.”
They will stumble over each other as those who flee before a sword, though 1 there is no pursuer, and there will be no one to take a stand 2 for you before your enemies.
The charioteers 1 will charge ahead; 2 their swords 3 will flash 4 and their spears 5 will glimmer! 6 There will be many people slain; 7 there will be piles of the dead, and countless casualties 8 – so many that people 9 will stumble over the corpses.
So the Lord’s word to them will sound like meaningless gibberish, senseless babbling, a syllable here, a syllable there. 1 As a result, they will fall on their backsides when they try to walk, 2 and be injured, ensnared, and captured. 3
So, this is what the Lord says: ‘I will assuredly 1 make these people stumble to their doom. 2 Parents and children will stumble and fall to their destruction. 3 Friends and neighbors will die.’