16 then I will do this to you: I will bring on you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever(A) that will destroy your sight and sap your strength.(B) You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.(C)

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Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites(A) and other eastern peoples(B) invaded the country. They camped on the land and ruined the crops(C) all the way to Gaza(D) and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys. They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts.(E) It was impossible to count them or their camels;(F) they invaded the land to ravage it. Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out(G) to the Lord for help.

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The Lord has sworn(A) by his right hand
    and by his mighty arm:
“Never again will I give your grain(B)
    as food for your enemies,
and never again will foreigners drink the new wine
    for which you have toiled;

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17 They will devour(A) your harvests and food,
    devour(B) your sons and daughters;
they will devour(C) your flocks and herds,
    devour your vines and fig trees.(D)
With the sword(E) they will destroy
    the fortified cities(F) in which you trust.(G)

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