The Destruction of Nineveh1 aThe scatterer has come up against you.
bMan the ramparts;
watch the road;
dress for battle; ▼
▼Hebrew gird your loins
collect all your strength.
2 For dthe Lord is restoring the majesty of Jacob
as the majesty of Israel,
for plunderers have plundered them
and eruined their branches.
3 The shield of his mighty men is red;
fhis soldiers are clothed in scarlet.
The chariots come with flashing metal
on the day he musters them;
the cypress spears are brandished.
4 gThe chariots race madly through the streets;
they rush to and fro through the squares;
they gleam like torches;
they dart like lightning.
5He remembers hhis officers;
ithey stumble as they go,
they hasten to the wall;
the siege tower ▼
▼Or the manteletis set up.
6 kThe river gates are opened;
the palace lmelts away;
7its mistress ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew word rendered its mistress is uncertainis nstripped; ▼
▼Or exiledshe is carried off,
her slave girls plamenting,
moaning like doves
and beating their breasts.
8 qNineveh is like a pool
whose waters run away. ▼
▼Compare Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
“Halt! Halt!” they cry,
but snone turns back.
9Plunder the silver,
plunder the gold!
There is no end of the treasure
or of the wealth of all precious things.
10 tDesolate! Desolation and ruin!
uHearts melt and vknees tremble;
wanguish is in all loins;
xall faces grow pale!
11Where is the lions’ den,
the feeding place of ythe young lions,
where the lion and lioness went,
where his cubs were, with znone to disturb?
12 aaThe lion tore enough for his cubs
and abstrangled prey for his lionesses;
he filled his caves with prey
and his dens with torn flesh.
13 acBehold, I am against you, declares the Lord of hosts, and adI will burn your ▼
▼Hebrew herchariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and afthe voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.
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