26 He lifts up a banner(A) for the distant nations,
    he whistles(B) for those at the ends of the earth.(C)
Here they come,
    swiftly and speedily!
27 Not one of them grows tired(D) or stumbles,
    not one slumbers or sleeps;
not a belt(E) is loosened at the waist,(F)
    not a sandal strap is broken.(G)
28 Their arrows are sharp,(H)
    all their bows(I) are strung;
their horses’ hooves(J) seem like flint,
    their chariot wheels like a whirlwind.(K)
29 Their roar is like that of the lion,(L)
    they roar like young lions;
they growl as they seize(M) their prey
    and carry it off with no one to rescue.(N)
30 In that day(O) they will roar over it
    like the roaring of the sea.(P)
And if one looks at the land,
    there is only darkness(Q) and distress;(R)
    even the sun will be darkened(S) by clouds.

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26 He lifts up a banner(A) for the distant nations,
    he whistles(B) for those at the ends of the earth.(C)
Here they come,
    swiftly and speedily!

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Assyria, the Lord’s Instrument

18 In that day(A) the Lord will whistle(B) for flies from the Nile delta in Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria.(C) 19 They will all come and settle in the steep ravines and in the crevices(D) in the rocks, on all the thornbushes(E) and at all the water holes. 20 In that day(F) the Lord will use(G) a razor hired from beyond the Euphrates River(H)—the king of Assyria(I)—to shave your head and private parts, and to cut off your beard(J) also.(K)

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Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did those men say, and where did they come from?”

“From a distant land,(A)” Hezekiah replied. “They came to me from Babylon.”

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16 “Tell this to the nations,
    proclaim concerning Jerusalem:
‘A besieging army is coming from a distant land,(A)
    raising a war cry(B) against the cities of Judah.(C)

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15 People of Israel,” declares the Lord,
    “I am bringing a distant nation(A) against you—
an ancient and enduring nation,
    a people whose language(B) you do not know,
    whose speech you do not understand.

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22 This is what the Lord says:

“Look, an army is coming
    from the land of the north;(A)
a great nation is being stirred up
    from the ends of the earth.(B)

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32 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Look! Disaster(A) is spreading
    from nation to nation;(B)
a mighty storm(C) is rising
    from the ends of the earth.”(D)

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See, I will bring them from the land of the north(A)
    and gather(B) them from the ends of the earth.
Among them will be the blind(C) and the lame,(D)
    expectant mothers and women in labor;
    a great throng will return.

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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