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
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
a seductive mistress who practices sorcery, 22
and entices peoples by her sorcery 26 –
3:5 I am against you,” declares the
“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
she was located on the banks of the Nile;
the waters surrounded her,
the water 35 was her wall.
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.
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
3:13 Your warriors will be like women in your midst;
the gates of your land will be wide open 54 to your enemies;
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!
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,
3:18 Your shepherds 72 are sleeping, O king of Assyria!
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
for no one ever escaped your endless cruelty! 80