New American Standard Bible
"Egypt is a pretty heifer, But a horsefly is coming from the north-- it is coming!
King James Bible
Egypt is like a very fair heifer, but destruction cometh; it cometh out of the north.
Darby Bible Translation
Egypt is a very fair heifer; the gad-fly cometh, it cometh from the north.
World English Bible
Egypt is a very beautiful heifer; [but] destruction out of the north is come, it is come.
Young's Literal Translation
A heifer very fair is Egypt, Rending from the north doth come into her.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Is like - Or, is. Her god was the steer Apis Jeremiah 46:15, and she is the spouse.
But destruction cometh; it cometh out of the north - More probably, "a gadfly from the north has come upon her." This is a sort of insect which stings the oxen and drives them to madness. Compare Isaiah 7:18.
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 …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Then the LORD said to me, "Out of the north the evil will break forth on all the inhabitants of the land.
Thus says the LORD: "Behold, waters are going to rise from the north And become an overflowing torrent, And overflow the land and all its fullness, The city and those who live in it; And the men will cry out, And every inhabitant of the land will wail.
"Because you are glad, because you are jubilant, O you who pillage My heritage, Because you skip about like a threshing heifer And neigh like stallions,
Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh, But I will come over her fair neck with a yoke; I will harness Ephraim, Judah will plow, Jacob will harrow for himself.
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