Attack against Nineveh
1One who scatters is coming up against you.#Ezk 29:12–13; 30:23,26
Man the fortifications!
Watch the road!
Brace#2:1 Lit Strengthen yourself!
Summon all your strength!#Pr 24:5; Am 2:14
2For the Lord will restore the majesty of Jacob,#Ps 47:4; Am 6:8; 8:7
yes,#2:2 Or like the majesty of Israel,
though ravagers have ravaged them#Is 24:1,3
and ruined their vine branches.#Ps 80:12–15; Jr 12:10
3The shields of his#2:3 = the army commander attacking Nineveh warriors are dyed red;
the valiant men are dressed in scarlet.#Ezk 23:14
The fittings of the chariot flash like fire#2Kg 2:11; 6:17; Is 66:15
on the day of its battle preparations,
and the spears are brandished.
4The chariots dash madly through the streets;
they rush around in the plazas.
They look like torches;
they dart back and forth like lightning.
5He gives orders to his officers;
they stumble as they advance.
They race to its wall;
the protective shield is set in place.
6The river gates are opened,
and the palace erodes away.#Nah 1:8
7Beauty#2:7 Text emended; MT reads Huzzab is stripped;#2:7 Hb obscure
she is carried away;
her ladies-in-waiting moan
like the sound of doves#Is 38:14; 59:11
and beat their breasts.#Is 32:12
8Nineveh has been like a pool of water
from her first days,#2:8 Hb obscure
but they are fleeing.
“Stop! Stop!” they cry,
but no one turns back.
9“Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold!” #Ezk 38:13
There is no end to the treasure,
an abundance of every precious thing.#2Ch 32:27; 36:10; Dn 11:8; Nah 3:3
10Desolation, decimation, devastation!
Hearts melt,#Dt 20:8; Jos 7:5; Is 13:7; 19:1; Ezk 21:7,15
knees tremble,#Is 35:3
insides churn,#Ps 69:23
every face grows pale!#Is 21:3; Jl 2:6
11Where is the lions’ lair,#Is 2:15; 5:26–29; Jr 4:7; 5:6; 50:17; 51:38; Jl 1:6; Am 3:12
or the feeding ground of the young lions,
where the lion and lioness prowled,
and the lion’s cub,
with nothing to frighten them away?#Lv 26:6; Dt 28:26; Jr 7:33
12The lion mauled whatever its cubs needed
and strangled prey for its lionesses.
It filled up its dens with the kill,
and its lairs with mauled prey.#Jb 38:39–40
13Beware, I am against you.#Jr 21:13; 23:30–32; 50:31; 51:25; Ezk 5:8; 13:8; 21:3; 26:3; 28:22; 29:3,10; 38:3; 39:1; Nah 3:5
This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.
I will make your chariots go up in smoke,#2:13 Lit will burn her chariots in smoke
and the sword will devour your young lions.#Is 31:8; Jr 46:10
I will cut off your prey from the earth,
and the sound of your messengers
will never be heard again.#Rv 18:22–23