Nahum 3

Nineveh’s Complete Ruin

a Woe to the bloody city, completely full of lies and pillage;
Her prey never departs.
The b noise of the whip,
The noise of the rattling of the wheel,
Galloping horses
Lit skipping
bounding chariots!
Horsemen charging,
Swords flashing d spears gleaming,
e Many slain, a mass of corpses,
Lit there is no end to
g countless dead bodies
They stumble over
Lit their
the dead bodies!
All because of the i many harlotries of the harlot,
The charming one, the j mistress of sorceries,
Who k sells nations by her harlotries
And families by her sorceries.
Behold l I am against you,” declares the  Lord of hosts;
“And I will
Lit uncover your
n lift up your skirts over your face,
And o show to the nations your nakedness
And to the kingdoms your disgrace.
“I will p throw
Lit detestable things
filth on you
And r make you vile,
And set you up as a s spectacle.
And it will come about that all who see you
Lit flee
shrink from you and say,
Nineveh is devastated!
u Who will grieve for her?’
Where will I seek comforters for you?”

Are you better than
I.e. the city of Amon: Thebes
w No-amon,
Which was situated by the x waters of the Nile,
With water surrounding her,
Whose rampart was
I.e. the Nile
the sea,
Whose wall consisted of
I.e. the Nile
the sea?
aa Ethiopia was her might,
And Egypt too, without limits.
ab Put and ac Lubim were among
Lit your
her helpers.
10 Yet she ae became an exile,
She went into captivity;
Also her af small children were dashed to pieces
ag At the head of every street;
They ah cast lots for her honorable men,
And all her great men were bound with fetters.
11 You too will become ai drunk,
You will be aj hidden.
You too will search for a refuge from the enemy.
12 All your fortifications are ak fig trees with
Lit first fruits
am ripe fruit
When shaken, they fall into the eater’s mouth.
13 Behold, your people are an women in your midst!
The gates of your land are ao opened wide to your enemies;
Fire consumes your gate bars.
14  ap Draw for yourself water for the siege!
aq Strengthen your fortifications!
Go into the clay and tread the mortar!
Take hold of the brick mold!
15 There ar fire will consume you,
The sword will cut you down;
It will as consume you as the locust does.
Multiply yourself like the creeping locust,
Multiply yourself like the swarming locust.
16 You have increased your at traders more than the stars of heaven
The creeping locust
I.e. strips vegetation; or molts
strips and flies away.
17 Your
Or officials
aw guardsmen are like the swarming locust.
Your ax marshals are like hordes of grasshoppers
Settling in the stone walls on a cold day.
The sun rises and they flee,
And the place where they are is not known.
18 Your shepherds are ay sleeping, O az king of Assyria;
Your ba nobles are lying down.
Your people are bb scattered on the mountains
And there is no one to regather them.
19 There is bc no relief for your breakdown,
Your bd wound is incurable.
All who hear
Lit your report
about you
Will bf clap their hands over you,
For on whom has not your evil passed continually?

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