They are fierce and terrifying; their views of justice and sovereignty stem from themselves.
Their horses are swifter than leopards and more fiercea than wolves of the night. Their horsemen charge ahead; their horsemen come from distant [lands]. They fly like an eagle, swooping to devour.
All of them come to do violence; their faces are set in determination.b They gather prisoners like sand.
They mock kings, and rulers are a joke to them. They laugh at every fortress and build siege ramps to capture it.
Then they sweep by like the wind and pass through. They are guilty;c their strength is their god.
Are You not from eternity, Yahweh my God? My Holy One, Youd will not die. Lord, You appointed them to execute judgment; [my] Rock, You destined them to punish [us].
[Your] eyes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing. So why do You tolerate those who are treacherous? Why are You silent while onee who is wicked swallows up onef who is more righteous than himself?
You have made mankind like the fish of the sea, like marine creatures that have no ruler.
The Chaldeans pull them all up with a hook, catch them in their dragnet, and gather them in their fishing net; that is why they are glad and rejoice.
That is why they sacrifice to their dragnet and burn incense to their fishing net, for by these things their portion is rich and their food plentiful.
Will they therefore empty their netg and continually slaughter nations without mercy?