||I will whet My lightning sword and grasp judgment in My hand. I will bring vengeance against My foes, and repay those who hated Me.
Im-shanoti berak charbi vetochez bemishpat yadi ashiv nakam letsaray velimsan'ay ashalem.
||I will make My arrows drunk with blood, My sword consuming flesh. The enemy's first punishment will be the blood of the slain and wounded.
Ashkir chitsay midam vecharbi tochal basar midam chalal veshivyah merosh par'ot oyev.
(Targum Yonathan; Saadia). Or, 'my sword like lightning' (Septuagint; cf. Targum); or, 'with lightning' (Bachya); or, 'the blade of My sword' (Rashi; Ralbag).
|The enemy's first punishment|
(Targum Yonathan; Rashi; Radak, Sherashim). Literally, 'from head par'oth enemy,' where par'oth can denote punishment, long hair, or be related to Pharaoh. Thus, alternatively, 'of the heads of the enemies who rule over them' (Septuagint); 'from the locks on the head of the enemy' (Hirsch); or, 'from the heads of the most bitter enemy' (Saadia; cf. Targum).
(Ibn Ezra). Or, 'captive.'