Woe to Nineveh
1Woe to #Ezek. 24:9; [Hab. 2:12] the bloody city,
all full of lies and plunder—
# [ch. 2:12] no end to the prey!
2The crack of the whip, and #[ch. 2:4] rumble of the wheel,
# [Judg. 5:22] galloping horse and #[Joel 2:5]bounding chariot!
flashing sword and #Hab. 3:11 glittering spear,
# [2 Kgs. 19:35] hosts of slain,
heaps of corpses,
dead bodies without end—
they stumble over the bodies!
4And all for the countless whorings of the #[Rev. 17:2; 18:3] prostitute,
# [Isa. 47:9, 12] graceful and of deadly charms,
who betrays nations with her whorings,
and peoples with her charms.
5 # [See ch. 2:13 above] Behold, I am against you,
declares the Lord of hosts,
and #Jer. 13:22, 26; [Isa. 3:17; 47:3] will lift up your skirts over your face;
and I will make nations look at #Hab. 2:16your nakedness
and kingdoms at your shame.
6I will throw filth at you
and #Mal. 2:9; [ch. 1:14] treat you with contempt
and make you #Heb. 10:33; [1 Cor. 4:9]a spectacle.
7And all who look at you #Jer. 51:9; Rev. 18:10 will shrink from you and say,
“Wasted is #[Zeph. 2:13]; See ch. 1:1 Nineveh; #Isa. 51:19; Jer. 15:5 who will grieve for her?”
Lam. 1:2, 9, 16, 17, 21 Where shall I seek comforters for you?
8 # [Amos 6:2] Are you better than #Jer. 46:25 Thebes#3:8 Hebrew No-amon
that sat #[Ezek. 29:3]by the Nile,
with water around her,
her rampart a sea,
and water her wall?
9 # See Dan. 11:43 Cush was her strength;
Egypt too, and that without limit;
Gen. 10:6 Put and the #See 2 Chr. 12:3Libyans were her#3:9 Hebrew your helpers.
Isa. 20:4 Yet she became an exile;
she went into captivity;
Isa. 13:16 her infants were dashed in pieces
at the head of every street;
for her honored men #Joel 3:3; Obad. 11 lots were cast,
# [Ps. 149:8] and all her great men were bound in chains.
Jer. 25:17, 27; [Ps. 75:8; Isa. 51:17; Obad. 16] You also will be drunken;
you will go into hiding;
# [Jer. 4:5, 6] you will seek a refuge from the enemy.
12All your fortresses are #[Rev. 6:13]like fig trees
with first-ripe figs—
if shaken they fall
into the mouth of the eater.
13Behold, your troops
Isa. 19:16; Jer. 51:30 are women in your midst.
The gates of your land
are wide open to your enemies;
fire has devoured your bars.
14 # [Isa. 22:11] Draw water for the siege;
# [See ver. 11 above] strengthen your forts;
go into the clay;
tread the mortar;
take hold of the brick mold!
15There will the fire devour you;
the sword will cut you off.
It will #[Joel 2:3] devour you #[Joel 1:4, 6]like the locust.
Multiply yourselves #[Joel 1:4, 6]like the locust;
multiply #[Joel 1:4, 6]like the grasshopper!
16You increased #[Ezek. 27:23, 24] your merchants
more than the stars of the heavens.
# [See ver. 15 above] The locust spreads its wings and flies away.
17Your #[Isa. 10:8] princes are #[See ver. 15 above] like grasshoppers,
your scribes#3:17 Or marshals like clouds of locusts
settling on the fences
in a day of cold—
when the sun rises, they fly away;
no one knows where they are.
18Your shepherds #[Ps. 76:5] are asleep,
O king of Assyria;
# ch. 2:5 your nobles slumber.
Your people #[1 Kgs. 22:17]are scattered on the mountains
with none to gather them.
19There is no easing your hurt;
Jer. 10:19; Mic. 1:9 your wound is grievous.
All who hear the news about you
Lam. 2:15; [Zeph. 2:15] clap their hands over you.
For #[Isa. 37:18]upon whom has not come
your unceasing evil?