“Hear the word of Yahweh!
You who tremble at his word!
Your own people!
Those who hate you!
Those who cast you out
For my name’s sake!
They have said.
‘Let Yahweh be glorified!
Thus we may see your joy!
But it is they
Who shall be put to shame.
An uproar from the city!
A voice from the temple!
The voice of Yahweh!
He renders retribution to his enemies!”
The prophet wanted everyone to hear and tremble at the powerful word of Yahweh. Those people who rejected the name of Yahweh will be put to shame. There will be an uproar in the city and the voice of Yahweh will be heard from the Temple as he renders retribution to his enemies.
“While gentle silence enveloped all things,
Night in its swift course was now half gone.
Your all powerful word leaped from heaven.
He leaped from the royal throne,
Into the midst of the land that was doomed.
He was a stern warrior.
He carried the sharp sword of your authentic command.
He filled all things with death.
He touched heaven
While standing on the earth.”
That night in silence, the all powerful word of God (ὁ παντοδύναμός σου λόγος) leapt from heaven (ἀπ᾿ οὐρανῶν). In the original Exodus story in chapters 11-12, it is God, Yahweh himself, who kills the infants at midnight. Here it is the word of God who came from his royal throne (ἐκ θρόνων βασιλειῶν) as a stern warrior with a sharp sword. He was the one who killed all the first born children while still touching heaven (οὐρανοῦ) here on earth (γῆς).