New American Standard Bible
20 “Egypt is a pretty (A)heifer,
But a [a]horsefly is coming (B)from the north—it is coming!
21 “Also her (C)mercenaries in her midst
Are like [b]fattened (D)calves,
For even they too have turned back and have fled away together;
They did not stand their ground.
For the day of their calamity has come upon them,
The time of their (E)punishment.
22 “Its sound moves along like a serpent;
For they move on [c]like an army
And come to her as 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)