The Overthrow of Nineveh
1 The F11 one who scatters R40 has come up against you. F12
Man the fortress, watch the road;
Strengthen F13 your back, summon F14 all your strength.
2 For the LORD will restore the splendor R41 of Jacob
Like R42 the splendor of Israel,
Even though devastators have devastated them
And destroyed R43 their vine branches.
3 The shields of his F15 mighty men are colored red,
The warriors are dressed in scarlet, R44
The chariots are enveloped in flashing F16 steel
When F17 he is prepared to march,
And the cypress spears R45 are brandished.
4 The chariots R46 race madly in the streets,
They rush wildly in the squares, F18
Their appearance is like torches,
They dash to and fro like lightning flashes.
5 He remembers his nobles; R47
They stumble R48 in their march,
They hurry to her wall,
And the mantelet F19 is set up.
6 The gates of the rivers are opened
And the palace is dissolved.
7 It is fixed:
She is stripped, she is carried away,
And her handmaids are moaning R49 like the sound of doves,
Beating R50 on their breasts. F20
8 Though Nineveh was like a pool of water throughout her days,
Now they are fleeing;
But no R51 one turns back.
9 Plunder the silver!
Plunder the gold! R52
For there is no limit to the treasure--
Wealth from every kind of desirable object.
10 She is emptied! R53 Yes, she is desolate and waste!
Hearts R54 are melting and knees knocking!
Also anguish is in the F21 whole body
And all their faces R55 are grown pale!
11 Where is the den of the lions
And the feeding place of the young R56 lions,
Where the lion, lioness and lion's cub prowled,
With nothing to disturb them?
12 The lion tore enough for his cubs,
Killed F22 enough for his lionesses,
And filled his lairs with prey
And his dens with torn flesh.
13 "Behold, I R57 am against you," declares the LORD of hosts. "I will burn R58 up her chariots in smoke, a sword will devour your young lions; I will cut R59 off your prey from the land, and no longer will the voice of your messengers be heard."
F11: Ch 2:2 in Heb
F12: Lit your face
F13: Lit Make strong your loins
F14: Lit strengthen power greatly
F15: I.e. those attacking Nineveh
F16: Lit fire of steel
F17: Lit On the day of his preparation
F18: Lit broad places
F19: Lit covering used in a siege
F20: Lit hearts
F21: Lit all the loin
F22: Lit Strangled
R40: Jeremiah 51:20-23
R41: Isaiah 60:15
R42: Ezekiel 37:21-23
R43: Psalms 80:12,13
R44: Ezekiel 23:14,15
R45: Job 1:39:23
R46: Isaiah 66:15; Jeremiah 4:13; Ezekiel 26:10; Nahum 3:2,3
R47: Nahum 3:18
R48: Jeremiah 46:12
R49: Isaiah 38:14; 59:11
R50: Isaiah 32:12
R51: Jeremiah 46:5; 47:3
R52: Revelation 18:12,16
R53: Isaiah 24:1; 34:10-13; Nahum 2:2
R54: Psalms 22:14; Isaiah 13:7,8; Ezekiel 21:7
R55: Joel 2:6
R56: Isaiah 5:29
R57: Jeremiah 21:13; Ezekiel 5:8; Nahum 3:5
R58: Joshua 11:6,9; Psalms 46:9
R59: Isaiah 49:24,25; Nahum 3:1