Nahum 2

The Destruction of Nineveh

1 a  The scatterer has come up against you.
b  Man the ramparts;
watch the road;
dress for battle;
Hebrew gird your loins

collect all your strength.
2 For d  the  Lord is restoring the majesty of Jacob
as the majesty of Israel,
for plunderers have plundered them
and e  ruined their branches.
3 The shield of his mighty men is red;
f  his soldiers are clothed in scarlet.
The chariots come with flashing metal
on the day he musters them;
the cypress spears are brandished.
4 g  The chariots race madly through the streets;
they rush to and fro through the squares;
they gleam like torches;
they dart like lightning.
5He remembers h  his officers;
i  they stumble as they go,
they hasten to the wall;
the siege tower
Or  the mantelet
is set up.
6 k  The river gates are opened;
the palace l  melts away;
7its mistress
The meaning of the Hebrew word rendered  its mistress is uncertain
is n  stripped;
Or exiled
she is carried off,
her slave girls p  lamenting,
moaning like doves
and beating their breasts.
8 q  Nineveh is like a pool
whose waters run away.
Compare Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

Halt! Halt!” they cry,
but s  none turns back.
9Plunder the silver,
plunder the gold!
There is no end of the treasure
or of the wealth of all precious things.
10 t  Desolate! Desolation and ruin!
u  Hearts melt and v  knees tremble;
w  anguish is in all loins;
x  all faces grow pale!
11Where is the lionsden,
the feeding place of y  the young lions,
where the lion and lioness went,
where his cubs were, with z  none to disturb?
12 aa  The lion tore enough for his cubs
and ab  strangled prey for his lionesses;
he filled his caves with prey
and his dens with torn flesh.

13 ac  Behold, I am against you, declares the  Lord of hosts, and ad  I will burn your
Hebrew her
chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and af  the voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.

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