Attack against Nineveh
Man the fortifications!
Watch the road!
Brace2:1 Lit Strengthen yourself!
yes,2:2 Or like the majesty of Israel,
3The shields of his2:3 = the army commander attacking Nineveh warriors are dyed red;
the valiant men are dressed in scarlet.2:3 Ezk 23:14
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.2:6 Nah 1:8
7Beauty2:7 Text emended; MT reads Huzzab is stripped;2:7 Hb obscure
she is carried away;
her ladies-in-waiting moan
and beat their breasts.2:7 Is 32:12
8Nineveh has been like a pool of water
from her first days,2:8 Hb obscure
but they are fleeing.
“Stop! Stop!” they cry,
but no one turns back.
There is no end to the treasure,
10Desolation, decimation, devastation!
knees tremble,2:10 Is 35:3
insides churn,2:10 Ps 69:23
or the feeding ground of the young lions,
where the lion and lioness prowled,
and the lion’s cub,
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.2:12 Jb 38:39–40
This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.
I will make your chariots go up in smoke,2:13 Lit will burn her chariots in smoke
I will cut off your prey from the earth,
and the sound of your messengers
will never be heard again.2:13 Rv 18:22–23
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