Nahum 3

Nineveh’s Complete Ruin

1 a  Woe to the bloody city, completely full of lies and pillage;
Her prey never departs.
2The b  noise of the whip,
The noise of the rattling of the wheel,
Galloping horses
Lit skipping
bounding chariots!
3Horsemen 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!
4 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.
5Behold 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.
6“I will p  throw
Lit detestable things
filth on you
And r  make you vile,
And set you up as a s  spectacle.
7And 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?”

8Are 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?
9 aa  Ethiopia was her might,
And Egypt too, without limits.
ab  Put and ac  Lubim were among
Lit your
her helpers.
10Yet 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.
11You too will become ai  drunk,
You will be aj  hidden.
You too will search for a refuge from the enemy.
12All your fortifications are ak  fig trees with
Lit first fruits
am  ripe fruit
When shaken, they fall into the eater’s mouth.
13Behold, 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!
15There 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.
16You have increased your at  traders more than the stars of heaven
The creeping locust
I.e. strips vegetation; or molts
strips and flies away.
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.
18Your 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.
19There 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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