“Egypt is a very pretty heifer,
But a horsefly (Babylonia) is coming [against her] out of the north!
“Also her mercenaries in her army
Are like fattened calves,
For they too have turned back and have fled together;
They did not stand [their ground],
Because the day of their disaster has come upon them,
The time of their punishment.
“The sound [of Egypt fleeing from the enemy] is like [the rustling of] an escaping serpent,
For her foes advance with a mighty army
And come against her like woodcutters with axes.
New International Version
20 “Egypt is a beautiful heifer,
but a gadfly is coming
against her from the north.(A)
21 The mercenaries(B) in her ranks
are like fattened calves.(C)
They too will turn and flee(D) together,
they will not stand their ground,
for the day(E) of disaster is coming upon them,
the time(F) for them to be punished.
22 Egypt will hiss like a fleeing serpent
as the enemy advances in force;
they will come against her with axes,
like men who cut down trees.(G)