Doom to those who consider themselves wise, who think of themselves as clever.
Doom to the wine-swigging warriors, mighty at mixing drinks,
who spare the guilty for bribes, and rob the innocent of their rights.
Therefore, as a tongue of fire devours stubble, and as hay shrivels in a flame, so their roots will rot, and their blossoms turn to dust, for they have rejected the teaching of the LORD of heavenly forces, and have despised the word of Israel's holy one.
This is why the LORD's anger burned against the people: he extended his hand to strike them, the mountains trembled, and their corpses lay in the middle of the streets like dung. Even then God's anger didn't turn away; God's hand was still extended.
God will raise a signal to a nation from far away and whistle to them from the end of the earth— now look—hurrying, swiftly they come!
Not one is tired; not one stumbles; they don't rest or sleep; no belt is loose; no sandal broken;
their arrows are sharp; all their bows drawn; their horses' hooves are like flint; their wheels like the whirlwind.
Their roaring is like the lion; they roar like young lions; they growl, seize their prey, and carry it off, with no one to rescue.
On that day, they will roar over it like the roaring of the sea. And if one looks toward the land, there's darkness. Tyre and the Nile will be darkened by the clouds.a