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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 2

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1Behold on the hills The footsteps of a herald Announcing good fortune! “Celebrate your festivals, O Judah, Fulfill your vows. Never again shall scoundrels invade you, They have totally vanished.” 2 f This verse would read well after v. 3 . A shatterer has come up against you. Man the guard posts, Watch the road; Steady your loins, Brace all your strength! 3For the LORD has restored g‐ “Jacob” refers to the northern kingdom (cf. Amos 6.8; 8.7 ); Israel refers to the southern kingdom, regarded as the remnant of Israel after the fall of the northern kingdom(cf. Mic.1.13—15 ). the Pride h Emendation yields“vine.” of Jacob As well as the Pride h Emendation yields“vine.” of Israel, ‐g “Jacob” refers to the northern kingdom (cf. Amos 6.8; 8.7 ); Israel refers to the southern kingdom, regarded as the remnant of Israel after the fall of the northern kingdom(cf. Mic.1.13—15 ). Though marauders have laid them waste And ravaged their branches. 4His warriors' shields are painted red, And the soldiers are clothed in crimson; The chariots are like flaming torches, a Understanding peladoth as equivalent to lappidoth. On the day they are made ready. b‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “The horsemen charge ”; cf. 3.3. The [arrows of] cypress wood are poisoned, ‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “The horsemen charge ”; cf. 3.3. 5The chariots dash about frenzied in the fields, They rush through the meadows. They appear like torches, They race like streaks of lightning. 6 c‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. He commands his burly men; They stumble as they advance, They hasten up to her wall, Where d‐ To protect the crews that swung the battering rams. wheeled shelters ‐d To protect the crews that swung the battering rams. are set up. ‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain. 7 e‐ I.e., the walls are breached and the palace is overrun. The floodgates are opened, And the palace is deluged. ‐e I.e., the walls are breached and the palace is overrun. 8 f‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “And its mistress is led out and exiled.” And Huzzab is exiled and carried away, ‐f Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “And its mistress is led out and exiled.” While her handmaidens g‐ Emendation yields “moan.” escort [her] ‐g Emendation yields “moan.” As with the voices of doves, Beating their breasts. 9Nineveh has been like a [placid] pool of water c‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. From earliest times; ‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Now they flee. “Stop! Stop!”— But none can turn them back. 10“Plunder silver! Plunder gold!” There is no limit to the treasure; It is a hoard of all precious objects. 11Desolation, devastation, and destruction! Spirits sink, Knees buckle, All loins tremble, All faces h‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain; cf. note at Joel 2.6. turn ashen. ‐h Meaning of Heb. uncertain; cf. note at Joel 2.6. 12What has become of that lions' den, That pasture i Emendation yields “cave.” of great beasts, Where lion and lion's breed walked, And lion's cub—with none to disturb them? 13[Where is] the lion that tore victims for his cubs And strangled for his lionesses, And filled his lairs with prey And his dens with mangled flesh? 14I am going to deal with you

—declares the LORD of Hosts:

I will burn down a‐ Emendation yields “your thicket in fire.” her chariots in smoke, ‐a Emendation yields “your thicket in fire.” And the sword shall devour your great beasts; I will stamp out your killings from the earth, And the sound of your messengers b Emendation yields “devouring.” Shall be heard no more.

Notes:

f This verse would read well after v. 3 .

g‐g Jacob” refers to the northern kingdom (cf. Amos 6.8; 8.7 ); Israel refers to the southern kingdom, regarded as the remnant of Israel after the fall of the northern kingdom(cf. Mic.1.13—15 ).

h Emendation yieldsvine.”

a Understanding peladoth as equivalent to lappidoth.

b‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “The horsemen charge ”; cf. 3.3.

c‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

d‐d To protect the crews that swung the battering rams.

e‐e I.e., the walls are breached and the palace is overrun.

f‐f Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yieldsAnd its mistress is led out and exiled.”

g‐g Emendation yieldsmoan.”

h‐h Meaning of Heb. uncertain; cf. note at Joel 2.6.

i Emendation yieldscave.”

a‐a Emendation yieldsyour thicket in fire.”

b Emendation yieldsdevouring.”

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