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Nahum 3 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Woe of Nineveh
Judgment for Nineveh’s Sins
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:1 - Woe to the bloody city!

It is all full of lies and robbery.
Its victim never departs.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:2 - The noise of a whip
And the noise of rattling wheels,
Of galloping horses,
Of clattering chariots!
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:3 - Horsemen charge with bright sword and glittering spear.
There is a multitude of slain,
A great number of bodies,
Countless corpses—
They stumble over the corpses—
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:4 - Because of the multitude of harlotries of the seductive harlot,
The mistress of sorceries,
Who sells nations through her harlotries,
And families through her sorceries.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:5 - “Behold, I am against you,” says the LORD of hosts;
“I will lift your skirts over your face,
I will show the nations your nakedness,
And the kingdoms your shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:6 - I will cast abominable filth upon you,
Make you vile,
And make you a spectacle.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:7 - It shall come to pass that all who look upon you
Will flee from you, and say,
‘Nineveh is laid waste!
Who will bemoan her?’
Where shall I seek comforters for you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:8 - Are you better than No Amon[fn]
That was situated by the River,[fn]
That had the waters around her,
Whose rampart was the sea,
Whose wall was the sea?
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:9 - Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength,
And it was boundless;
Put and Lubim were your[fn] helpers.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:10 - Yet she was carried away,
She went into captivity;
Her young children also were dashed to pieces
At the head of every street;
They cast lots for her honorable men,
And all her great men were bound in chains.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:11 - You also will be drunk;
You will be hidden;
You also will seek refuge from the enemy.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:12 - All your strongholds are fig trees with ripened figs:
If they are shaken,
They fall into the mouth of the eater.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:13 - Surely, your people in your midst are women!
The gates of your land are wide open for your enemies;
Fire shall devour the bars of your gates.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:14 - Draw your water for the siege!
Fortify your strongholds!
Go into the clay and tread the mortar!
Make strong the brick kiln!
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:15 - There the fire will devour you,
The sword will cut you off;
It will eat you up like a locust.

Make yourself many—like the locust!
Make yourself many— like the swarming locusts!
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:16 - You have multiplied your merchants more than the stars of heaven.
The locust plunders and flies away.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:17 - Your commanders are like swarming locusts,
And your generals like great grasshoppers,
Which camp in the hedges on a cold day;
When the sun rises they flee away,
And the place where they are is not known.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:18 - Your shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria;
Your nobles rest in the dust.
Your people are scattered on the mountains,
And no one gathers them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 3:19 - Your injury has no healing,
Your wound is severe.
All who hear news of you
Will clap their hands over you,
For upon whom has not your wickedness passed continually?
NKJV Footnotes
That is, ancient Thebes; Targum and Vulgate read populous Alexandria.
Literally rivers, that is, the Nile and the surrounding canals
Septuagint reads her.

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