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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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 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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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