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.

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  1. Jeremiah 46:20 Or possibly mosquito
  2. Jeremiah 46:21 Lit of the stall
  3. Jeremiah 46:22 Or in force

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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