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Isaiah 17:12-14 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

12 Ah! the roaring of many peoples—[a]
    a roar like the roar of the seas!
The thundering of nations—
    thunder like the thundering of mighty waters!
13 [b]But God shall rebuke them,
    and they shall flee far away,
Driven like chaff on the mountains before a wind,
    like tumbleweed before a storm.
14 At evening, there is terror,
    but before morning, they are gone!
Such is the portion of those who despoil us,
    the lot of those who plunder us.


  1. 17:12 Many peoples: the hordes that accompanied the invading Assyrians, whom God repels just as he vanquished the primeval waters of chaos; see notes on Jb 3:8; 7:12; Ps 89:11.
  2. 17:13–14 The passage seems to evoke the motif of invincibility, part of the early Zion tradition that Jerusalem could not be conquered because God protected it (Ps 48:1–8).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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