A city under attack
1A scatterer has come up against you.
Guard the ramparts, watch the road,
protect your groin, save your#Heb lacks your. strength!
2The Lord will restore the pride of Jacob,
indeed, the pride of Israel,
because ravagers have destroyed
them and spoiled their branches.
3The shields of his warriors are red;
his soldiers are dressed in crimson.
The ironwork of the chariots flashes like fire
on the day he has prepared;
the horses quiver.
4The chariots race wildly through the streets;
they rush back and forth through the squares.
They look like flaming torches;
they dart like bolts of lightning.
5He musters his officers;
they stumble as they press forward.
They hurry to the city wall,
and the portable shield is set up.
6The gates of the rivers are opened;
the palace melts.
7It is decreed:#Heb uncertain She is sent into exile, carried away,
while her female servants moan like doves, beating their breasts.
8Nineveh has been like a pool of water.
Such are its waters,#Heb uncertain and others are fleeing.
"Stop, stop!"—but no one can turn them back.
9Plunder silver! Plunder gold!
There is no end to the supplies,
an abundance of precious objects!
10Destruction and devastation;
the city is laid waste!
The heart grows faint and knees buckle;
there is anguish in every groin;
all the faces grow pale.
Cruel Nineveh will be destroyed
11Where is the lions’ den, the meadow of the young lions,
where lion, lioness, even lion cub go about with no one to terrify them?
12The lion has torn enough prey
for his cubs and strangled enough for his lionesses;
he has filled his lairs with prey,
his dens with torn flesh.
13Look! I am against you, proclaims the Lord of heavenly forces.
I will burn your#Or her chariots in smoke;
the sword will devour your young lions;
I will cut off your prey from the earth,
the voice of your messengers will never again be heard!