26 He will also lift up a (A)standard to the [a]distant nation,
And will (B)whistle for it (C)from the ends of the earth;
And behold, it will (D)come with speed swiftly.
27 (E)No one in it is weary or stumbles,
None slumbers or sleeps;
Nor is the (F)belt at its waist undone,
Nor its sandal strap broken.
28 [b](G)Its arrows are sharp and all its bows are bent;
The hoofs of its horses [c]seem like flint and its chariot (H)wheels like a whirlwind.
29 Its (I)roaring is like a lioness, and it roars like young lions;
It growls as it (J)seizes the prey
And carries it off with (K)no one to deliver it.
30 And it will (L)growl over it in that day like the roaring of the sea.
If one (M)looks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress;
Even the light is darkened by its clouds.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 5:26 Lit nations; probably Assyria
  2. Isaiah 5:28 Lit Which, its arrows
  3. Isaiah 5:28 Lit are regarded as

18 In that day the Lord will (A)whistle for the fly that is in the [a](B)remotest part of the rivers of Egypt and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. 19 They will all come and settle on the steep [b]ravines, on the (C)ledges of the cliffs, (D)on all the thorn bushes and on all the [c]watering places.

20 In that day the Lord will (E)shave with a (F)razor, (G)hired from regions beyond (H)the [d]Euphrates (that is, with the king of Assyria), the head and the hair of the legs; and it will also remove the beard.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 7:18 Or mouth of the rivers; i.e. the Nile Delta
  2. Isaiah 7:19 Or wadis
  3. Isaiah 7:19 Or pastures
  4. Isaiah 7:20 Lit River

15 “Behold, I am (A)bringing a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel,” declares the Lord.
“It is an enduring nation,
It is an ancient nation,
A nation whose (B)language you do not know,
Nor can you understand what they say.

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The Enemy from the North

22 Thus says the Lord,
“Behold, (A)a people is coming from the north land,
And a great nation will be aroused from the (B)remote parts of the earth.
23 “They seize (C)bow and spear;
They are (D)cruel and have no mercy;
Their voice (E)roars like the sea,
And they ride on horses,
Arrayed as a man for the battle
Against you, O daughter of Zion!”

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