People near the city gates, cry! People in the city, cry out! Everyone in Philistia, your courage will melt like hot wax. Look to the north! There is a cloud of dust. An army is coming, and everyone in that army is strong.
·People near the city gates, cry out [L Wail, gate, and cry out, city]! Philistines, ·be frightened [melt away], because a cloud of ·dust [or smoke] comes from the north [C evidence of an approaching army]. ·Full of men ready to fight [L And there is no straggler/loner in its ranks].
In the year King Ahaz died, this Message came: Hold it, Philistines! It’s too soon to celebrate the defeat of your cruel oppressor. From the death throes of that snake a worse snake will come, and from that, one even worse. The poor won’t have to worry. The needy will escape the terror. But you Philistines will be plunged into famine, and those who don’t starve, God will kill. Wail and howl, proud city! Fall prostrate in fear, Philistia! On the northern horizon, smoke from burned cities, the wake of a brutal, disciplined destroyer.
Look out, Philistia; you will soon vanish! Let your gates and your city walls cry out! It’ll be bad for you soon, because an army from the north Is bearing down on you, burning cities in its wake; and there is not a straggler in its ranks.
Yell, thou gate; cry, thou city; all Philistia is cast down; for why smoke shall come from the north, and none is that shall escape his host. (Yell, O gate; cry, O city; all Philistia is cast down; and a tumult, or a column of smoke/or a cloud of dust, shall come from the north, and no one shall escape his army.)
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