Zerah the Cushite(A) marched out against them with an army of thousands upon thousands and three hundred chariots, and came as far as Mareshah.(B)

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Were not the Cushites[a](A) and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers(B) of chariots and horsemen[b]? Yet when you relied on the Lord, he delivered(C) them into your hand.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Chronicles 16:8 That is, people from the upper Nile region
  2. 2 Chronicles 16:8 Or charioteers

which sends envoys(A) by sea
    in papyrus(B) boats over the water.

Go, swift messengers,
to a people tall and smooth-skinned,(C)
    to a people feared far and wide,
an aggressive(D) nation of strange speech,
    whose land is divided by rivers.(E)

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“Are not you Israelites
    the same to me as the Cushites[a]?”(A)
declares the Lord.
“Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt,
    the Philistines(B) from Caphtor[b](C)
    and the Arameans from Kir?(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 9:7 That is, people from the upper Nile region
  2. Amos 9:7 That is, Crete

Cush[a](A) and Egypt were her boundless strength;
    Put(B) and Libya(C) were among her allies.

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Footnotes

  1. Nahum 3:9 That is, the upper Nile region