[But just when the Assyrian is in sight of his goal] behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, will lop off the beautiful boughs with terrorizing force; the high in stature will be hewn down and the lofty will be brought low.
Watch! The Lord God ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] with his ·great [terrifying] power will chop them down like a great tree. Those who are ·great [lofty] will be cut down; those who are ·important [or tallest] will ·fall to the ground [be brought low].
Watch! The Master, the Lord of heaven’s armies, will chop them down like a great tree. He will do this with his great power. Those who are great will be cut down. Those who are important will fall to the ground.
But now watch this: The Master, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, swings his ax and lops the branches, Chops down the giant trees, lays flat the towering forest-on-the-march. His ax will make toothpicks of that forest, that Lebanon-like army reduced to kindling.
The Assyrian soldiers are like trees in a forest. The Lord who rules over all will chop them down. The Lord will cut off their branches with his great power. He will chop the tall trees down. He will cut down even the highest ones.
But wait, look! The Lord, the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, will protect you;He will cut the arrogant and self-serving down to size. With terrifying power He will prune Assyria’s branches, hack down the high and mighty, and humble all those who think they’re so great.
Lo! the Lordly Governor, the Lord of hosts, shall break a pottle in dread (shall break the boughs of the trees with frightful lightning), and high men of stature shall be cut down. And proud men shall be made low,
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