The word of the Lord that came to the prophet Jeremiah concerning the nations.
Concerning Egypt, about the army of Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates at Carchemish and which King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon defeated in the fourth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah:
Prepare buckler and shield, and advance for battle!
Harness the horses; mount the steeds! Take your stations with your helmets, whet your lances, put on your coats of mail!
Why do I see them terrified? They have fallen back; their warriors are beaten down, and have fled in haste. They do not look back— terror is all around! says the Lord.
The swift cannot flee away, nor can the warrior escape; in the north by the river Euphrates they have stumbled and fallen.
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