Even youths get tired and weary; even strong young men clumsily stumble. 1
who led them through the deep water? Like a horse running on flat land 1 they did not stumble.
When my enemies turn back, they trip and are defeated 1 before you.
The way of the wicked is like gloomy darkness; 1 they do not know what causes them to stumble. 2
Although 1 a righteous person may fall seven times, he gets up again, but the wicked will be brought down 2 by calamity.
The arrogance of Israel testifies against it; Israel and Ephraim will be overthrown 1 because 2 of their iniquity. Even Judah will be brought down 3 with them.
The commander 1 orders 2 his officers; they stumble 3 as they advance; 4 they rush to the city wall 5 and they set up 6 the covered siege tower. 7
Even some of the wise will stumble, resulting in their refinement, purification, and cleansing until the time of the end, for it is still for the appointed time.
Then he will enter the beautiful land. 1 Many 2 will fall, but these will escape: 3 Edom, Moab, and the Ammonite leadership.
Who is wise? Let him discern 1 these things! Who is discerning? Let him understand them! For the ways of the Lord are right; the godly walk in them, but in them the rebellious stumble.
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.
Are they ashamed because they have done such shameful things? No, they are not at all ashamed. They do not even know how to blush! So they will die, just like others have died. 1 They will be brought to ruin when I punish them,” says the Lord.
Are they ashamed because they have done such disgusting things? No, they are not at all ashamed! They do not even know how to blush! So they will die just like others have died. 1 They will be brought to ruin when I punish them, says the Lord.
But the Lord is with me to help me like an awe-inspiring warrior. 1 Therefore those who persecute me will fail and will not prevail over me. They will be thoroughly disgraced because they did not succeed. Their disgrace will never be forgotten.
They will come back shedding tears of contrition. I will bring them back praying prayers of repentance. 1 I will lead them besides streams of water, along smooth paths where they will never stumble. 2 I will do this because I am Israel’s father; Ephraim 3 is my firstborn son.’”