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Nineveh’s Downfall
1Woe to the city of blood, #Ezk 7:23|NoBook| 9:922:2-3|NoBook| 24:6Hab 2:12
totally deceitful,
full of plunder,
never without prey. #Nah 2:9
2The crack of the whip
and rumble of the wheel,
galloping horse
and jolting chariot! #Jdg 5:22Jb 39:24Jr 47:3
3Charging horseman,
flashing sword,
shining spear;
heaps of slain,
mounds of corpses, #Lv 26:30Ps 110:6Is 66:24Jr 41:9Ezk 6:5
dead bodies without end #Nah 2:9
they stumble over their dead.
4Because of the continual prostitution of the prostitute,
the attractive mistress of sorcery,
who betrays nations by her prostitution
and clans by her witchcraft, #2Kg 9:22Pr 7:10-23Ezk 16:1523:1-21Rv 17:3-6
5I am against you. #Nah 2:13
This is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.
I will lift your skirts over your face
and display your nakedness to nations,
your shame to kingdoms. #Is 47:3Jr 13:22Ezk 16:37|NoBook| 23:29
6I will throw filth on you
and treat you with contempt; #Ps 107:40Is 16:14Dn 12:2Mc 6:16Mal 2:3
I will make a spectacle of you.
7Then all who see you will recoil from you, saying, #Dt 28:252Ch 29:8|NoBook| 30:7Ps 31:11Is 66:24Jr 15:4|NoBook| 24:9|NoBook| 50:23
“Nineveh is devastated;
who will show sympathy to her? ”
Where can I find anyone to comfort you?
8Are you better than Thebes # Or No-amon #Jr 46:25Ezk 30:14-16
that sat along the Nile
with water surrounding her,
whose rampart was the sea,
the river # LXX, Syr, Vg read water # Lit sea from sea her wall?
9Cush and Egypt were her endless source of strength;
Put and Libya were among her # Lit your allies.
10Yet she became an exile;
she went into captivity.
Her children were also dashed to pieces #2Kg 8:12Is 13:16Hs 10:14
at the head of every street.
They cast lots for her dignitaries, #Ob 11
and all her nobles were bound in chains.
11You # = Nineveh also will become drunk;
you will hide yourself. # Or will be overcome
You also will seek refuge from the enemy.
12All your fortresses are fig trees
with figs that ripened first;
when shaken, they fall —
right into the mouth of the eater!
13Look, your troops are like women among you;
the gates of your land
are wide open to your enemies.
Fire will devour the bars of your gates.
14Draw water for the siege;
strengthen your fortresses.
Step into the clay and tread the mortar;
take hold of the brick-mold!
15The fire will devour you there;
the sword will cut you down.
It will devour you like the young locust. #Jl 1:4
Multiply yourselves like the young locust,
multiply like the swarming locust!
16You have made your merchants #Ezk 16:29|NoBook| 17:4|NoBook| 27:3Zph 1:11Rv 18:3
more numerous than the stars of the sky.
The young locust strips # Or sheds its skin the land
and flies away.
17Your court officials are like the swarming locust,
and your scribes like clouds of locusts,
which settle on the walls on a cold day;
when the sun rises, they take off,
and no one knows where they are.
18King of Assyria, your shepherds slumber; #Jr 23:1-2|NoBook| 50:6
your officers sleep.
Your people are scattered across the mountains #Ezk 34:6
with no one to gather them together. #1Kg 22:17
19There is no remedy for your injury;
your wound is severe. #Jr 10:19|NoBook| 14:17|NoBook| 30:12
All who hear the news about you
will clap their hands because of you, #Ps 47:1|NoBook| 98:8Lm 2:15Ezk 22:13
for who has not experienced
your constant cruelty?
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