Nineveh’s Downfall1 Woe to the city of blood a
full of plunder,
never without prey. b
2 The crack of the whip
and rumble of the wheel,
and jolting chariot! c
3 Charging horseman,
heaps of slain,
mounds of corpses,
dead bodies without end d –
they stumble over their dead.
4 Because of the continual prostitution of the prostitute,
the attractive mistress of sorcery,
who betrays nations by her prostitution
and clans by her witchcraft e
5 I am against you. f
This is the declaration of the Lord of ▼
▼Hosts/hosts: Military forces consisting of God's angels, sometimes including the sun, moon, and stars, and occasionally, IsraelHosts
I will lift your skirts over your face
and display your nakedness to nations,
your shame to kingdoms. h
6 I will throw filth on you
and treat you with contempt;
I will make a spectacle of you.
7 Then all who see you will recoil from you, saying,
“Nineveh is devastated;
who will show sympathy to her?”
Where can I find anyone to comfort you?
8 Are you better than Thebes ▼
▼Or No-amon, j
that sat along the Nile
with water surrounding her,
whose rampart was the sea,
the river ▼
▼LXX, Syr, Vg read water, ▼
▼Lit sea from seaher wall?
▼Cush/ Cushite: The lands of the Nile in southern Egypt, including Nubia and Northern Sudan; the people who lived in that regionCush and Egypt were her endless source of strength;
Put and Libya were among her ▼
10 Yet she became an exile;
she went into captivity.
Her children were also dashed to pieces o
at the head of every street.
They cast lots for her dignitaries p
and all her nobles were bound in chains.
11 You ▼
▼= Ninevehalso will become drunk;
you will hide yourself. ▼
▼Or will be overcome
You also will seek refuge from the enemy.
12 All your fortresses are fig trees
with figs that ripened first;
when shaken, they fall –
right into the mouth of the eater!
13 Look, your troops are like women among you;
the gates of your land
are wide open to your enemies.
Fire will devour the bars of your gates.
14 Draw water for the siege;
strengthen your fortresses.
Step into the clay and tread the mortar;
take hold of the brick-mold!
15 The fire will devour you there;
the sword will cut you down.
It will devour you like the young locust. s
Multiply yourselves like the young locust,
multiply like the swarming locust!
16 You have made your merchants t
more numerous than the stars of the sky.
The young locust strips ▼
▼Or sheds [its skin]the land
and flies away.
17 Your court officials are like the swarming locust,
and your scribes like clouds of locusts,
which settle on the walls on a cold day;
when the sun rises, they take off,
and no one knows where they are.
18 King of Assyria, your shepherds slumber;
your officers sleep.
Your people are scattered across the mountains
with no one to gather them together. v
19 There is no remedy for your injury;
your wound is severe. w
All who hear the news about you
will clap their hands because of you,
for who has not experienced
your constant cruelty?
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