This is an excerpt from the end of a poem I'm working to translate:

以前之前 如风如迷的人与神 温润良言 亦如戈鋋铿锵然 让以色列都复了国 要我度过这长夜 又有何难

And this is my current translation draft.

"Long, long ago/ Like the wind, or like bewildered men and gods/ given kind, gentle words of advice/ or like the clashing and clanging of weapons/ helped restore Israel to nationhood./ How hard could it be For me to toil away these long nights?/"

I'm not the most confident in this translation, mainly because there doesn't seem to be a strong connection between the thoughts I've tried to express in each verse. Is my interpretation of "如风如迷的人与神" correct?

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    这句诗即使是我们中国人也不好翻译。 你可以在翻译时把“如”字去掉 This poem is not easy to translate even for us Chinese. You can remove the word "如" when translating
    – li liang
    Feb 18, 2021 at 9:44
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    Please don’t use the simplified-chinese tag to request answers in Simplified Chinese - that tag is for asking questions on Simplified Chinese characters, if you need something in a particular character set you’ll have to use a third-party online converter.
    – dROOOze
    Feb 18, 2021 at 10:55
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    Is it a poem? It seems not to me :p It sounds like a script translated from the bible? If that is true that is def not a poem~
    – r0ng
    Feb 19, 2021 at 0:48

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The "迷" looks more like an interchangeable character of "谜" here according to the context. So I personally see the sentence better translates into "Human and gods, like winds, like enigmas".

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