New Revised Standard Version
20 A beautiful heifer is Egypt—
a gadfly from the north lights upon her.
21 Even her mercenaries in her midst
are like fatted calves;
they too have turned and fled together,
they did not stand;
for the day of their calamity has come upon them,
the time of their punishment.
22 She makes a sound like a snake gliding away;
for her enemies march in force,
and come against her with axes,
like those who fell trees.
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)