Nahum 2

The Destruction of Nineveh

1 He 1 who scatters has come up before your face.
Man the fort!
Watch the road!
Strengthen your flanks!
Fortify your power mightily.

2 For the LORD will restore the excellence of Jacob
Like the excellence of Israel,
For the emptiers have emptied them out
And ruined their vine branches.

3 The shields of his mighty men are made red,
The valiant men are in scarlet.
The chariots come with flaming torches
In the day of his preparation,
And 2 the spears are brandished.
4 The chariots rage in the streets,
They jostle one another in the broad roads;
They seem like torches,
They run like lightning.
5 He remembers his nobles;
They stumble in their walk;
They make haste to her walls,
And the defense is prepared.
6 The gates of the rivers are opened,
And the palace is dissolved.
7 3 It is decreed:
She shall be led away captive,
She shall be brought up;
And her maidservants shall lead her as with the voice of doves,
Beating their breasts.
8 Though Nineveh of old was like a pool of water,
Now they flee away.
4 "Halt! Halt!" they cry;
But no one turns back.
9 5 Take spoil of silver!
Take spoil of a gold!
There is no end of treasure,
Or wealth of every desirable prize.

10 She is empty, desolate, and waste!
The heart melts, and the knees shake;
Much pain is in every side,
And all their faces 6 are drained of color. 7
11 Where is the dwelling of the b lions,
And the feeding place of the young lions,
Where the lion walked, the lioness and lion's cub,
And no one made them afraid?
12 The lion tore in pieces enough for his cubs,
8 Killed for his lionesses,
c Filled his caves with prey,
And his dens with 9 flesh.

13 "Behold, d I am against you," says the LORD of hosts, "I will burn 10 your chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions; I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your e messengers shall be heard no more."

  1. Cross References
    Ezekiel 7:19
    They will throw their silver into the streets, And their gold will be like refuse; Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them In the day of the wrath of the LORD; They will not satisfy their souls, Nor fill their stomachs, Because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.
    Zephaniah 1:18
    Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them In the day of the LORD's wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured By the fire of His jealousy, For He will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land.
  2. Cross References
    Job 4:10
    The roaring of the lion, The voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions are broken.
    Job 4:11
    The old lion perishes for lack of prey, And the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
    Ezekiel 19:2 - 7
    And say: 'What is your mother? A lioness: She lay down among the lions; Among the young lions she nourished her cubs.
  3. Cross References
    Isaiah 10:6
    I will send him against an ungodly nation, And against the people of My wrath I will give him charge, To seize the spoil, to take the prey, And to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
    Jeremiah 51:34
    Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon Has devoured me, he has crushed me; He has made me an empty vessel, He has swallowed me up like a monster; He has filled his stomach with my delicacies, He has spit me out.
  4. Cross References
    Jeremiah 21:13
    "Behold, I am against you, O inhabitant of the valley, And rock of the plain," says the LORD, "Who say, 'Who shall come down against us? Or who shall enter our dwellings?'
    Ezekiel 5:8
    Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: 'Indeed I, even I, am against you and will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations.
    Nahum 3:5
    Behold, I am against you," says the LORD of hosts; "I will lift your skirts over your face, I will show the nations your nakedness, And the kingdoms your shame.
  5. Cross References
    2 Kings 18:17 - 25
    Then the king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rabsaris, and the Rabshakeh from Lachish, with a great army against Jerusalem, to King Hezekiah. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. When they had come up, they went and stood by the aqueduct from the upper pool, which was on the highway to the Fuller's Field.
    2 Kings 19:9 - 13
    And the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, "Look, he has come out to make war with you." So he again sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying.
    2 Kings 19:23
    By your messengers you have reproached the Lord, And said: "By the multitude of my chariots I have come up to the height of the mountains, To the limits of Lebanon; I will cut down its tall cedars And its choice cypress trees; I will enter the extremity of its borders, To its fruitful forest.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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