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31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for helpa
and who depend on horses!
They trust in the abundance of chariots
and in the large number of horsemen.b
They do not lookc to the Holy One of Israel,
and they do not seek the Lord.
2 But he also is wise and brings disaster.d
He does not go back on what he says;e
he will rise up against the house of the wicked
and against the allies of evildoers.
their horses are flesh, not spirit.
When the Lord raises his hand to strike,
the helper will stumble
and the one who is helped will fall;
both will perish together.
As a lion or young lion growls over its preyf
when a band of shepherds is called out against it,
and it is not terrified by their shouting
or subdued by their noise,
so the Lord of Armies will come down
to fight on Mount Zion
and on its hill.g
so the Lord of Armies will protect Jerusalemh;
by protecting it, he will rescue it;
by passing over it, he will deliver it.
but not by human sword;
a sword will devour him,
but not one made by man.k
He will flee from the sword;
his young men will be put to forced labor.l
and his officers will be afraid because of the signal flag.n
This is the Lord’s declaration—whose fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.o
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