The mercenaries in her ranks are like fattened calves. They too will turn and flee together, they will not stand their ground, for the day of disaster is coming upon them, the time for them to be punished.
Also her hired men are in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also are turned back, and are fled away together: they did not stand, because the day of their calamity was come upon them, and the time of their visitation.
Even her hired soldiers in her midst are like fattened calves; yes, they have turned and fled together; they did not stand, for the day of their calamity has come upon them, the time of their punishment.
All her hired men [are] in the midst of her like
Or, "bullocks of the stall" F11; soldiers of other
countries, that were hired into the service of Egypt, and lived
so deliciously there, that they were unfit for war, and were like
fatted beasts prepared for the slaughter. The Targum and Jarchi
interpret it, her princes F12; who had the care of this
heifer, and of the feeding of it; these themselves were like
that, nourished for the day of slaughter: for they also are
turned back, [and] are fled away together;
they turned their backs upon the enemy in battle, and fled in
great confusion and precipitancy; see ( Jeremiah
46:16 ) ; they did not stand;
and face the enemy, and light him, but fell or fled before him:
because the day of their calamity was come upon them, [and]
the time of their visitation;
the time appointed by the Lord to visit and punish them, and
bring destruction on them for their sins.
ylgek) "velut vituli saginae", Montanus, Cocceius, F12 So R. Sol. Urbin. Ohel Moed, fol. 50.