God's First Answer

5 Look at the nationsa and observe- be utterly astounded! For something is taking place in your days that you will not believe when you hear about it.b
6 Look! I am raising up the Chaldeans,c that bitter, impetuous nation that marches across the earth's open spaces to seize territories not its own.
7 They are fierce and terrifying; their views of justice and sovereignty stem from themselves.
8 Their horses are swifter than leopards and more fierced than wolves of the night. Their horsemen charge ahead; their horsemen come from distant [lands]. They fly like an eagle, swooping to devour.
9 All of them come to do violence; their faces are set in determination.e They gather prisoners like sand.
10 They mock kings, and rulers are a joke to them. They laugh at every fortress and build siege ramps to capture it.
11 Then they sweep by like the wind and pass through. They are guilty;f their strength is their god.