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Nahum 3 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Woe to Nineveh

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:1 -

Woe to the city of [fn]bloodshed, completely full of deception and pillage;

Her prey never departs.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:2 -

The sound of the whip,

And the sound of the rumbling of the wheel,

Galloping horses,

And [fn]bounding chariots!

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:3 -

Horsemen charging,

And swords flaming, and spears flashing,

Many slain, a mass of corpses,

And there is no end to dead bodies

They stumble over [fn]the dead bodies!

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:4 -

All because of the many harlotries of the harlot,

The charming one, the mistress of sorceries,

Who sells nations by her harlotries

And families by her sorceries.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:5 -

“Behold, I am against you,” declares Yahweh of hosts;

“And I will uncover your skirts over your face

And show to the nations your nakedness

And to the kingdoms your disgrace.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:6 -

“I will throw detestable filth on you

And display you as a wicked fool

And set you up as a spectacle.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:7 -

“And it will be that all who see you

Will flee from you and say,

‘Nineveh is devastated!

Who will console her?’

Where will I seek comforters for you?”

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:8 -

Are you better than [fn]No-amon,

Which sits along the waters of the Nile,

With water surrounding her,

Whose rampart was [fn]the sea,

Whose wall consisted of [fn]the sea?

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:9 -

[fn]Ethiopia was her might,

And Egypt too, without end.

Put and Lubim were among [fn]her helpers.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:10 -

Yet she became an exile;

She went into captivity;

Also her infants were dashed to pieces

At the head of every street;

They cast lots for her honorable men,

And all her great men were bound with fetters.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:11 -

You too will become drunk;

You will be hidden.

You too will search for a strong defense from the enemy.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:12 -

All your fortifications are fig trees with [fn]ripe fruit

When shaken, they fall into the eater’s mouth.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:13 -

Behold, your people are women in your midst!

The gates of your land are opened wide to your enemies;

Fire consumes your gate bars.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:14 -

Draw for yourself water for the siege!

Strengthen your fortifications!

Go into the clay and tread the mortar!

[fn]Take hold of the brick mold!

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:15 -

There, fire will consume you;

The sword will cut you down;

It will consume you as the locust does.

Multiply yourself like the creeping locust,

Multiply yourself like the swarming locust.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:16 -

You have increased your traders more than the stars of heaven

The creeping locust [fn]strips and flies away.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:17 -

Your [fn]guardsmen are like the swarming locust.

Your marshals are like a locust-swarm

Encamping in the stone walls on a cold day.

The sun rises, and they flee,

And the place where they are is not known.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:18 -

Your shepherds are sleeping, O king of Assyria;

Your mighty ones are [fn]lying down.

Your people are scattered on the mountains,

And there is no one to regather them.

Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:19 -

There is no relief for your breakdown,

Your wound is incurable.

All who hear the report about you

Will clap their hands over you,

For on whom has not your evil passed continually?

LSB Footnotes
Or blood, cf. Ezek 22:2; 24:6
Lit skipping
Lit their
The city of Amon: Thebes
The Nile
The Nile
Or Cush, cf. Gen 10:6
Lit your
Lit first fruits
Or strengthen, cf. 3:14a
Strips vegetation; or molts
Or officials
Lit dwelling

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