Nahum 2:1-10 (The Message)

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1 he juggernaut's coming! Post guards, lay in supplies. Get yourselves together, get ready for the big battle. 2 God has restored the Pride of Jacob, the Pride of Israel. Israel's lived through hard times. He's been to hell and back. 3 Weapons flash in the sun, the soldiers splendid in battle dress, Chariots burnished and glistening, ready to charge, A spiked forest of brandished spears, lethal on the horizon. 4 The chariots pour into the streets. They fill the public squares, Flaming like torches in the sun, like lightning darting and flashing. 5 The Assyrian king rallies his men, but they stagger and stumble. They run to the ramparts to stem the tide, but it's too late. 6 Soldiers pour through the gates. The palace is demolished. 7 Soon it's all over: Nineveh stripped, Nineveh doomed, Maids and slaves moaning like doves, beating their breasts. 8 Nineveh is a tub from which they've pulled the plug. Cries go up, "Do something! Do something!" but it's too late. Nineveh's soon empty - nothing. 9 Other cries come: "Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold! A bonanza of plunder! Take everything you want!" 10 Doom! Damnation! Desolation! Hearts sink, knees fold, stomachs retch, faces blanch.
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