Attack against Nineveh
1One who scatters is coming up against you. #Ezk 29:12|NoBook| 30:23
Man the fortifications!
Watch the road!
Brace # Lit Strengthen yourself!
Summon all your strength! #Pr 24:5Am 2:14
2For the Lord will restore the majesty of Jacob, #Ps 47:4Am 6:8|NoBook| 8:7
yes, # Or like the majesty of Israel,
though ravagers have ravaged them #Is 24:1
and ruined their vine branches. #Ps 80:12-15Jr 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|NoBook| 6:17Is 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|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 36:10Dn 11:8Nah 3:3
10Desolation, decimation, devastation!
Hearts melt, #Dt 20:8Jos 7:5Is 13:7|NoBook| 19:1Ezk 21:7
knees tremble, #Is 35:3
loins shake, #Ps 69:23
every face grows pale! #Is 21:3Jl 2:6
11Where is the lions’ lair, #Is 2:155:26-29Jr 4:7|NoBook| 5:6|NoBook| 50:17|NoBook| 51:38Jl 1:6Am 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 26:6Dt 28:26Jr 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 21:1323:30-32|NoBook| 50:31|NoBook| 51:25Ezk 5:8|NoBook| 13:8|NoBook| 21:3|NoBook| 26:3|NoBook| 28:22|NoBook| 29:3|NoBook| 38:3|NoBook| 39:1Nah 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 31:8Jr 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