Jeremiah 46:22
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New American Standard Bible
"Its sound moves along like a serpent; For they move on like an army And come to her as woodcutters with axes.

King James Bible
The voice thereof shall go like a serpent; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood.

Darby Bible Translation
Her voice shall go like a serpent's; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood.

World English Bible
The sound of it shall go like the serpent; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as wood cutters.

Young's Literal Translation
Its voice as a serpent goeth on, For with a force they go, And with axes they have come in to her, As hewers of trees.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

The voice thereof - Her voice, i. e., the voice of Egypt. The word here probably means the busy sound of life and activity in the towns of Egypt, the tramping of her hosts, and the turmoil of camp and city. All this at the approach of the Chaldaean army shall depart, as the snake flees away when disturbed in its haunts by the wood-cutters.

March with an army - Advance with might.

With axes - The comparison of the Chaldaean warriors to woodcutters arose from their being armed with axes. As the Israelites did not use the battle-axe, their imagination would be the more forcibly struck by this weapon.

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The interest of the book of Jeremiah is unique. On the one hand, it is our most reliable and elaborate source for the long period of history which it covers; on the other, it presents us with prophecy in its most intensely human phase, manifesting itself through a strangely attractive personality that was subject to like doubts and passions with ourselves. At his call, in 626 B.C., he was young and inexperienced, i. 6, so that he cannot have been born earlier than 650. The political and religious
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Joshua 9:21
The leaders said to them, "Let them live." So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water for the whole congregation, just as the leaders had spoken to them.

Psalm 74:5
It seems as if one had lifted up His axe in a forest of trees.

Jeremiah 46:21
"Also her mercenaries in her midst Are like fattened calves, For even they too have turned back and have fled away together; They did not stand their ground. For the day of their calamity has come upon them, The time of their punishment.

Jeremiah 46:23
"They have cut down her forest," declares the LORD; "Surely it will no more be found, Even though they are now more numerous than locusts And are without number.

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