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Nahum 2 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Attack against Nineveh
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:1 -

One who scatters is coming up against you.

Man the fortifications!

Watch the road!

Brace[fn] yourself!

Summon all your strength!

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:2 -

For the LORD will restore the majesty of Jacob,

yes,[fn] the majesty of Israel,

though ravagers have ravaged them

and ruined their vine branches.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:3 -

The shields of his[fn] warriors are dyed red;

the valiant men are dressed in scarlet.

The fittings of the chariot flash like fire

on the day of its battle preparations,

and the spears are brandished.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:4 -

The chariots dash madly through the streets;

they rush around in the plazas.

They look like torches;

they dart back and forth like lightning.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:5 -

He gives orders to his officers;

they stumble as they advance.

They race to its wall;

the protective shield is set in place.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:6 -

The river gates are opened,

and the palace erodes away.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:7 -

Beauty[fn] is stripped;[fn]

she is carried away;

her ladies-in-waiting moan

like the sound of doves

and beat their breasts.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:8 -

Nineveh has been like a pool of water

from her first days,[fn]

but they are fleeing.

“Stop! Stop! ” they cry,

but no one turns back.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:9 -

“Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold! ”

There is no end to the treasure,

an abundance of every precious thing.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:10 -

Desolation, decimation, devastation!

Hearts melt,

knees tremble,

insides churn,

every face grows pale!

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:11 -

Where is the lions’ lair,

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?

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:12 -

The 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:13 -

Beware, I am against you.

This is the declaration of the LORD of Armies.

I will make your chariots go up in smoke,[fn]

and the sword will devour your young lions.

I will cut off your prey from the earth,

and the sound of your messengers

will never be heard again.

CSB Footnotes
Lit Strengthen
Or like
= the army commander attacking Nineveh
Text emended; MT reads Huzzab
Hb obscure
Hb obscure
Lit will burn her chariots in smoke

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