‘·May the town of Meroz be cursed [L Curse Meroz],’ said the angel of the Lord. ‘·Bitterly curse [Utterly curse; L Curse a curse upon] its ·people [inhabitants], because they did not come to help the Lord. ·They did not fight the strong enemy [To help the Lord against the warriors/mighty ones].’
“‘Meroz is cursed!’ declared the angel of the Lord. ‘Utterly and totally cursed are its inhabitants, because they never came to the aid of the Lord, to the aid of the Lord against the valiant warriors!’”
The kings came, they fought, the kings of Canaan fought. At Taanach they fought, at Megiddo’s brook, but they took no silver, no plunder. The stars in the sky joined the fight, from their courses they fought against Sisera. The torrent Kishon swept them away, the torrent attacked them, the torrent Kishon. Oh, you’ll stomp on the necks of the strong! Then the hoofs of the horses pounded, charging, stampeding stallions. “Curse Meroz,” says God’s angel. “Curse, double curse, its people, Because they didn’t come when God needed them, didn’t rally to God’s side with valiant fighters.”
‘Call judgment down on Meroz,’ says the Lord’s angelic messenger; ‘Be sure to call judgment down on those who live there, because they did not come to help in the Lord’s battle, to help in the Lord’s battle against the warriors.’
Curse ye the land of Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse ye the dwellers of him, for they came not to the help of the Lord, into the help of the strongest of him. (Curse ye the land of Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse ye its inhabitants, for they came not to the Lord’s help, nor to the help of his strongest men.)
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