but the Babylonian[a] army pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his soldiers were separated from him and scattered,(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 25:5 Or Chaldean; also in verses 10 and 24

Let them vanish like water that flows away;(A)
    when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.(B)

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After affliction and harsh labor,
    Judah has gone into exile.(A)
She dwells among the nations;
    she finds no resting place.(B)
All who pursue her have overtaken her(C)
    in the midst of her distress.

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All the splendor has departed
    from Daughter Zion.(A)
Her princes are like deer
    that find no pasture;
in weakness they have fled(B)
    before the pursuer.

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19 Our pursuers were swifter
    than eagles(A) in the sky;
they chased us(B) over the mountains
    and lay in wait for us in the desert.(C)

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And when they ask you, ‘Why are you groaning?(A)’ you shall say, ‘Because of the news that is coming. Every heart will melt with fear(B) and every hand go limp;(C) every spirit will become faint(D) and every leg will be wet with urine.’(E) It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

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