Guard the fortifications!
Watch the road!
Perpare yourselves for battle!
Summon all your strength!
as the majesty of Israel;
for the plunderers have plundered them
and ruined their vine branches.
The valiant men are in scarlet.
The chariots flash with steel
in the day of his preparation,
and the pine spears are brandished.
they rush back and forth in the wide ways;
their appearance is like torches;
they run like the lightnings.
they stumble on their way;
they dash to its wall,
and the protective shield is put in place.
and the palace is dissolved.
like a pool of water,
yet they flee away.
“Stop! Stop!” they cry out,
but no one looks back.
for there is no end of the store,
the glory of all precious vessels.
The heart melts,
the knees knock together,
their bodies and faces have grown pale.
and the feeding place of the young lions,
where the lion and the lioness walked,
the lion’s cubs,
and no one made them afraid?
and strangled for his lionesses,
and filled his caves with the kill
and his dens with prey.
says Yahweh of Armies,
and I will burn her chariots in the smoke,
and the sword will devour your young lions;
and I will cut off your prey from the earth,
and the voice of your messengers
will no longer be heard.