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 # 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, # 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 # = 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 # Text emended; MT reads Huzzab is stripped, # 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, # 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
loins shake, # 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 Hosts.
I will make your chariots go up in smoke # 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