Bible: Nahum 2:1-13

Proclamation of the Destruction of Nineveh

2:1 The watchmen of Nineveh shout: 1 

“An enemy who will scatter you 2  is marching out 3  to attack you!” 4 

“Guard 5  the rampart! 6 

Watch the road!

Prepare yourselves for battle! 7 

Muster your mighty strength! 8 

2:2 For the Lord will restore 9  the majesty 10  of Jacob,

as well as 11  the majesty of Israel,

though 12  their enemies have plundered them 13 

and have destroyed their fields. 14 

Prophetic Vision of the Fall of Nineveh

2:3 The shields of his warriors are dyed red; 15 

the mighty soldiers are dressed in scarlet garments. 16 

The metal fittings 17  of the chariots 18  shine

like 19  fire 20  on the day of battle; 21 

the soldiers brandish 22  their spears. 23 

2:4 The chariots 24  race madly 25  through the streets,

they rush back and forth 26  in the broad plazas;

they look 27  like lightning bolts, 28 

they dash here and there 29  like flashes of lightning. 30 

2:5 The commander 31  orders 32  his officers;

they stumble 33  as they advance; 34 

they rush to the city wall 35 

and they set up 36  the covered siege tower. 37 

2:6 The sluice gates 38  are opened;

the royal palace is deluged 39  and dissolves. 40 

2:7 Nineveh 41  is taken into exile 42  and is led away; 43 

her slave girls moan 44  like doves 45  while they beat 46  their breasts. 47 

2:8 Nineveh was like a pool 48  of water 49  throughout her days, 50 

but now 51  her people 52  are running away; 53 

she cries out: 54  “Stop! Stop!” –

but no one turns back. 55 

2:9 Her conquerors cry out: 56 

“Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold!”

There is no end to the treasure;

riches of every kind of precious thing.

2:10 Destruction, devastation, and desolation! 57 

Their hearts faint, 58 

their knees tremble, 59 

each stomach churns, 60  each face 61  turns 62  pale! 63 

Taunt against the Once-Mighty Lion

2:11 Where now is the den of the lions, 64 

the feeding place 65  of the young lions,

where 66  the lion, lioness, 67  and lion cub once prowled 68 

and no one disturbed them? 69 

2:12 The lion tore apart as much prey as his cubs needed 70 

and strangled prey to provide food 71  for his lionesses;

he filled 72  his lairs with prey

and his dens with torn flesh.

Battle Cry of the Divine Warrior

2:13I am against you!” declares 73  the Lord who commands armies: 74 

“I will burn your chariots 75  with fire; 76 

the sword will devour your young lions; 77 

you will no longer prey upon the land; 78 

the voices of your messengers 79  will no longer be heard.”

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