The Destruction of Nineveh1 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 manteletis 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 uncertainis n stripped; ▼
▼Or exiledshe 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 lions’ den,
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 herchariots 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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