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Nahum 2 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The Fall of Nineveh
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:1 - [fn]Your enemy is coming to crush you, Nineveh.
Man the ramparts! Watch the roads!
Prepare your defenses! Call out your forces!
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:2 - Even though the destroyer has destroyed Judah,
the LORD will restore its honor.
Israel’s vine has been stripped of branches,
but he will restore its splendor.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:3 - Shields flash red in the sunlight!
See the scarlet uniforms of the valiant troops!
Watch as their glittering chariots move into position,
with a forest of spears waving above them.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:4 - The chariots race recklessly along the streets
and rush wildly through the squares.
They flash like firelight
and move as swiftly as lightning.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:5 - The king shouts to his officers;
they stumble in their haste,
rushing to the walls to set up their defenses.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:6 - The river gates have been torn open!
The palace is about to collapse!
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:7 - Nineveh’s exile has been decreed,
and all the servant girls mourn its capture.
They moan like doves
and beat their breasts in sorrow.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:8 - Nineveh is like a leaking water reservoir!
The people are slipping away.
“Stop, stop!” someone shouts,
but no one even looks back.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:9 - Loot the silver!
Plunder the gold!
There’s no end to Nineveh’s treasures—
its vast, uncounted wealth.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:10 - Soon the city is plundered, empty, and ruined.
Hearts melt and knees shake.
The people stand aghast,
their faces pale and trembling.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:11 - Where now is that great Nineveh,
that den filled with young lions?
It was a place where people—like lions and their cubs—
walked freely and without fear.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:12 - The lion tore up meat for his cubs
and strangled prey for his mate.
He filled his den with prey,
his caverns with his plunder.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 2:13 - “I am your enemy!”
says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
“Your chariots will soon go up in smoke.
Your young men[fn] will be killed in battle.
Never again will you plunder conquered nations.
The voices of your proud messengers will be heard no more.”
NLT Footnotes
Verses 2:1-13 are numbered 2:2-14 in Hebrew text.
Greek and Syriac versions read into position, / the horses whipped into a frenzy.
Hebrew young lions.

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