Nahum 2

The Overthrow of Nineveh

Ch 2:2 in Heb
The one who b  scatters has come up against
Lit your face
Man the fortress, watch the road;
Lit Make strong your loins
Strengthen your back
Lit strengthen power greatly
summon all your strength.
2For the  Lord will restore the f  splendor of Jacob
g  Like the splendor of Israel,
Even though devastators have devastated them
And h  destroyed their vine branches.

3The shields of
I.e. those attacking Nineveh
his mighty men are colored red,
The warriors are dressed in j  scarlet,
The chariots are enveloped in
Lit fire of steel
flashing steel
Lit On the day of his preparation
When he is prepared to march,
And the cypress m  spears are brandished.
4The n  chariots race madly in the streets,
They rush wildly in the
Lit broad places
Their appearance is like torches,
They dash to and fro like lightning flashes.
5He remembers his p  nobles;
They q  stumble in their march,
They hurry to her wall,
And the
Lit covering used in a siege
mantelet is set up.
6The gates of the rivers are opened
And the palace is dissolved.
7It is fixed:
She is stripped, she is carried away,
And her handmaids are s  moaning like the sound of doves,
t  Beating on their
Lit hearts

8Though Nineveh was like a pool of water throughout her days,
Now they are fleeing;
Stop, stop,”
But v  no one turns back.
9Plunder the silver!
Plunder the w  gold!
For there is no limit to the treasure
Wealth from every kind of desirable object.
10She is x  emptied! Yes, she is desolate and waste!
y  Hearts are melting and knees knocking!
Also anguish is in
Lit all the loin
the whole body
And all their aa  faces are grown pale!
11Where is the den of the lions
And the feeding place of the ab  young lions,
Where the lion, lioness and lion’s cub prowled,
With nothing to disturb them?
12The lion tore enough for his cubs,
Lit Strangled
Killed enough for his lionesses,
And filled his lairs with prey
And his dens with torn flesh.

13Behold, ad  I am against you,” declares the  Lord of hosts. “I will ae  burn up her chariots in smoke, a sword will devour your young lions; I will af  cut off your prey from the land, and no longer will the voice of your messengers be heard.”
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