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Jeremiah 46:20-22 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

20 “Egypt is a pretty heifer,
But a [a]horsefly is coming from the north—it is coming!
21 “Also her mercenaries in her midst
Are like [b]fattened 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 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.


  1. Jeremiah 46:20 Or possibly mosquito
  2. Jeremiah 46:21 Lit of the stall
  3. Jeremiah 46:22 Or in force
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Jeremiah 46:20-22 New International Version (NIV)

20 “Egypt is a beautiful heifer,
    but a gadfly is coming
    against her from the north.
21 The mercenaries in her ranks
    are like fattened calves.
They too will turn and flee together,
    they will not stand their ground,
for the day of disaster is coming upon them,
    the time 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.

New International Version (NIV)

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