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20 Egypt is a very fair heifer [like Apis the bull-god, to which the country is, so to speak, espoused], but destruction [a gadfly] is coming—out of the north it is coming [against her]!

21 Also her hired troops in the midst of her are like fatted calves [in the stall], for they also are turned back and are fleeing together; they do not stand, because the day of their calamity is coming upon them, the time of their visitation (their inspection and punishment).

22 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 with axes, like those who fell trees and cut wood.

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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)

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