The Destruction of Nineveh
o The scatterer has come up against you.
p Man the ramparts;
watch the road;
dress for battle;
collect all your strength.
For q the Lord is restoring the majesty of Jacob
as the majesty of Israel,
for plunderers have plundered them
and r ruined their branches.
The shield of his mighty men is red;
s his soldiers are clothed in scarlet.
The chariots come with flashing metal
on the day he musters them;
the cypress spears are brandished.
t The chariots race madly through the streets;
they rush to and fro through the squares;
they gleam like torches;
they dart like lightning.
He remembers u his officers;
v they stumble as they go,
they hasten to the wall;
the siege tower is set up.
w The river gates are opened;
the palace x melts away;
its mistress is y stripped; she is carried off,
her slave girls z lamenting,
moaning like doves
and beating their breasts.
b Nineveh is like a pool
whose waters run away.
"Halt! Halt!" they cry,
but c none turns back.
Plunder the silver,
plunder the gold!
There is no end of the treasure
or of the wealth of all precious things.
d Desolate! Desolation and ruin!
e Hearts melt and f knees tremble;
g anguish is in all loins;
h all faces grow pale!
Where is the lions' den,
the feeding place of i the young lions,
where the lion and lioness went,
where his cubs were, with j none to disturb?
k The lion tore enough for his cubs
and l strangled prey for his lionesses;
he filled his caves with prey
and his dens with torn flesh.
m Behold, I am against you, declares the Lord of hosts, and n I will burn your chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and o the voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
You are my hammer and weapon of war: with you I break nations in pieces; with you I destroy kingdoms.
Set up a standard against the walls of Babylon; make the watch strong; set up watchmen; prepare the ambushes; for the Lord has both planned and done what he spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward.
Psalms 80:8 - 13
You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.
Isaiah 5:1 - 7
Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.
Ezekiel 23:14 - 15
But she carried her whoring further. She saw men portrayed on the wall, the images of the Chaldeans portrayed in vermilion.
The crack of the whip, and rumble of the wheel, galloping horse and bounding chariot!
Your shepherds are asleep, O king of Assyria; your nobles slumber. Your people are scattered on the mountains with none to gather them.
The nations have heard of your shame, and the earth is full of your cry; for warrior has stumbled against warrior; they have both fallen together.
Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed:
Wail, O gate; cry out, O city; melt in fear, O Philistia, all of you! For smoke comes out of the north, and there is no straggler in his ranks.
He has taken away the covering of Judah. In that day you looked to the weapons of the House of the Forest.
Like a swallow or a crane I chirp; I moan like a dove. My eyes are weary with looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; be my pledge of safety!
An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.
Why have I seen it? They are dismayed and have turned backward. Their warriors are beaten down and have fled in haste; they look not back - terror on every side! declares the Lord.
Zephaniah 2:13 - 15
And he will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria, and he will make Nineveh a desolation, a dry waste like the desert.
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast.
Therefore all hands will be feeble, and every human heart will melt.
Then the king's color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together.
Therefore my loins are filled with anguish; pangs have seized me, like the pangs of a woman in labor; I am bowed down so that I cannot hear; I am dismayed so that I cannot see.
Before them peoples are in anguish; all faces grow pale.
Their roaring is like a lion, like young lions they roar; they growl and seize their prey; they carry it off, and none can rescue.
The lions have roared against him; they have roared loudly. They have made his land a waste; his cities are in ruins, without inhabitant.
The cities of Aroer are deserted; they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make them afraid.
And she brought up one of her cubs; he became a young lion, and he learned to catch prey; he devoured men.
Plunder the silver, plunder the gold! There is no end of the treasure or of the wealth of all precious things.
Woe to the bloody city, all full of lies and plunder - no end to the prey!
Behold, I am against you, declares the Lord of hosts, and will lift up your skirts over your face; and I will make nations look at your nakedness and kingdoms at your shame.
Woe to you inhabitants of the seacoast, you nation of the Cherethites! The word of the Lord is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines; and I will destroy you until no inhabitant is left.
Therefore thus says the Lord God : "Because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions, therefore behold, I am against you, declares the Lord God.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.
2 Kings 19:9
Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, "Behold, he has set out to fight against you." So he sent messengers again to Hezekiah, saying.
2 Kings 19:23
By your messengers you have mocked the Lord, and you have said, 'With my many chariots I have gone up the heights of the mountains, to the far recesses of Lebanon; I felled its tallest cedars, its choicest cypresses; I entered its farthest lodging place, its most fruitful forest.