Yahweh Raises the Dreaded Chaldeans5
“See among the nations! And look!
Be also astonished! Be astounded!
Because I am doing something in your days—
You would not believe if it was recounted to you. 6
For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans,
That bitter and hasty nation
Who walks on the breadth of the land
To possess dwelling places which are not theirs. 7
They are dreaded and feared;
Their justice and exaltation come forth from themselves. 8
Their horses are swifter than leopards
And sharper than wolves in the evening.
Their horsemen come galloping;
Their horsemen come from afar;
They fly like an eagle swooping down to devour. 9
All of them come for violence.
Their horde of faces moves forward.
And they gather captives like sand. 10
And they mock at kings,
And rulers are a laughing matter to them.
They laugh at every fortress
And heap up dirt and capture it. 11
Then they will sweep through like the wind and pass on.
But they will be held guilty,
They whose power is their god.”