Bible: Nahum 3:1-19

Reason for Judgment: Sins of Nineveh

3:1 Woe to the city guilty of bloodshed! 1 

She is full of lies; 2 

she is filled with plunder; 3 

she has hoarded her spoil! 4 

Portrayal of the Destruction of Nineveh

3:2 The chariot drivers will crack their whips; 5 

the chariot wheels will shake the ground; 6 

the chariot horses 7  will gallop; 8 

the war chariots 9  will bolt forward! 10 

3:3 The charioteers 11  will charge ahead; 12 

their swords 13  will flash 14 

and their spears 15  will glimmer! 16 

There will be many people slain; 17 

there will be piles of the dead,

and countless casualties 18 

so many that people 19  will stumble over the corpses.

Taunt against the Harlot City

3:4Because 20  you have acted like a wanton prostitute 21 

a seductive mistress who practices sorcery, 22 

who 23  enslaves 24  nations by her harlotry, 25 

and entices peoples by her sorcery 26 

3:5 I am against you,” declares the Lord who commands armies. 27 

“I will strip off your clothes! 28 

I will show your nakedness to the nations

and your shame to the kingdoms;

3:6 I will pelt you with filth; 29 

I will treat you with contempt;

I will make you a public spectacle.

3:7 Everyone who sees you will turn away from you in disgust;

they will say, ‘Nineveh has been devastated!

Who will lament for her?’

There will be no one to comfort you! 30 

Nineveh Will Suffer the Same Fate as Thebes

3:8 You are no more secure 31  than Thebes 32 

she was located on the banks of the Nile;

the waters surrounded her,

her 33  rampart 34  was the sea,

the water 35  was her wall.

3:9 Cush 36  and Egypt had limitless strength; 37 

Put and the Libyans 38  were among 39  her 40  allies. 41 

3:10 Yet she went into captivity as an exile; 42 

even her infants were smashed to pieces 43  at the head of every street.

They cast lots 44  for her nobility; 45 

all her dignitaries were bound with chains.

3:11 You too will act like drunkards; 46 

you will go into hiding; 47 

you too will seek refuge from the enemy.

The Assyrian Defenses Will Fail

3:12 All your fortifications will be like fig trees 48  with first-ripe fruit: 49 

If they are shaken, 50  their figs 51  will fall 52  into the mouth of the eater! 53 

3:13 Your warriors will be like women in your midst;

the gates of your land will be wide open 54  to your enemies;

fire will consume 55  the bars of your gates. 56 

3:14 Draw yourselves water for a siege! 57 

Strengthen your fortifications!

Trample the mud 58  and tread the clay!

Make mud bricks to strengthen your walls! 59 

3:15 There the fire will consume 60  you;

the sword will cut you down;

it will devour 61  you like the young locust would.

The Assyrian Defenders Will Flee

Multiply yourself 62  like the young locust;

multiply yourself like the flying locust!

3:16 Increase 63  your merchants more than the stars of heaven!

They are like 64  the young locust which sheds 65  its skin and flies away.

3:17 Your courtiers 66  are like locusts,

your officials 67  are like a swarm of locusts!

They encamp in the walls on a cold day,

yet when the sun rises, they 68  fly away; 69 

and no one knows where they 70  are. 71 

Concluding Dirge

3:18 Your shepherds 72  are sleeping, O king of Assyria!

Your officers 73  are slumbering! 74 

Your people are scattered like sheep 75  on the mountains

and there is no one to regather them!

3:19 Your destruction is like an incurable wound; 76 

your demise is like a fatal injury! 77 

All who hear what has happened to you 78  will clap their hands for joy, 79 

for no one ever escaped your endless cruelty! 80 

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