The Destruction of Nineveh
1 # [Jer. 51:20] The scatterer has come up against you.
# [Jer. 51:12] Man the ramparts;
watch the road;
dress for battle;#2:1 Hebrew gird your loins
collect all your strength.
2For #[Isa. 37:31] the Lord is restoring the majesty of Jacob
as the majesty of Israel,
for plunderers have plundered them
and #See Ps. 80:8-13; Isa. 5:1-7ruined their branches.
3The shield of his mighty men is red;
# [Ezek. 23:14, 15] his soldiers are clothed in scarlet.
The chariots come with flashing metal
on the day he musters them;
the cypress spears are brandished.
4 # [ch. 3:2] The chariots race madly through the streets;
they rush to and fro through the squares;
they gleam like torches;
they dart like lightning.
5He remembers #ch. 3:18 his officers;
they stumble as they go,
they hasten to the wall;
the siege tower#2:5 Or the mantelet is set up.
6 # [Isa. 45:1] The river gates are opened;
the palace #[Isa. 14:31]melts away;
7its mistress#2:7 The meaning of the Hebrew word rendered its mistress is uncertain is #[Isa. 22:8] stripped;#2:7 Or exiled she is carried off,
her slave girls #Isa. 38:14lamenting,
moaning like doves
and beating their breasts.
8 # See ch. 1:1 Nineveh is like a pool
whose waters run away.#2:8 Compare Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
“Halt! Halt!” they cry,
but #Jer. 46:5none turns back.
9Plunder the silver,
plunder the gold!
There is no end of the treasure
or of the wealth of all precious things.
10 # See Zeph. 2:13-15 Desolate! Desolation and ruin!
Ps. 22:14; Isa. 13:7 Hearts melt and #Dan. 5:6 knees tremble;
Isa. 21:3 anguish is in all loins;
all faces grow pale!
11Where is the lions’ den,
the feeding place of #Isa. 5:29; Jer. 2:15 the young lions,
where the lion and lioness went,
where his cubs were, with #See Isa. 17:2none to disturb?
12 # [Ezek. 19:3] The lion tore enough for his cubs
and #[ver. 9; ch. 3:1]strangled prey for his lionesses;
he filled his caves with prey
and his dens with torn flesh.
13 # ch. 3:5; [Zeph. 2:5]; See Ezek. 13:8 Behold, I am against you, declares the Lord of hosts, and #[Ps. 46:9] I will burn your#2:13 Hebrew her chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and #[2 Kgs. 19:9, 23]the voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.