11 He and his army—the most ruthless of nations(A)
    will be brought in to destroy the land.
They will draw their swords against Egypt
    and fill the land with the slain.(B)

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11 He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.

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12 and the most ruthless of foreign nations(A) cut it down and left it. Its boughs fell on the mountains and in all the valleys;(B) its branches lay broken in all the ravines of the land. All the nations of the earth came out from under its shade and left it.(C)

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12 And strangers, the terrible of the nations, have cut him off, and have left him: upon the mountains and in all the valleys his branches are fallen, and his boughs are broken by all the rivers of the land; and all the people of the earth are gone down from his shadow, and have left him.

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12 I will cause your hordes to fall
    by the swords of mighty men—
    the most ruthless of all nations.(A)
They will shatter the pride of Egypt,
    and all her hordes will be overthrown.(B)

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12 By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall, the terrible of the nations, all of them: and they shall spoil the pomp of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed.

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I am raising up the Babylonians,[a](A)
    that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth(B)
    to seize dwellings not their own.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Habakkuk 1:6 Or Chaldeans

For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not their's.

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