5"Behold, 1I am against you," declares the LORD of hosts ; "And I will a2lift up your skirtsover your face, And 3show to the nations your nakedness And to the kingdoms your disgrace.
"I will 4throwbfilth on you And 5make you vile, And set you up as a 6spectacle.
"And it will come about that all who see you Will cshrink from you and say, 'Nineveh is devastated ! 7Who will grieve for her?' Where will I seekcomforters for you?"
Are you betterthand8No-amon , Which was situated by the 9waters of the Nile, With watersurrounding her, Whoserampart was ethe sea, Whose wall consisted of fthe sea ?
910Ethiopia was her might, And Egypt too, withoutlimits. 11Put and 12Lubim were among gher helpers.
10Yet she 13became an exile, She went into captivity ; Also her 14small children were dashed to pieces15At the head of everystreet ; They 16castlots for her honorable men, And all her greatmen were bound with fetters.
You too will become17drunk, You will be 18hidden. You too will search for a refuge from the enemy.
12All your fortifications are 19figtrees with h20ripefruit - Whenshaken, they fall into the eater'smouth.
13Behold, your people are 21women in your midst ! The gates of your land are 22openedwide to your enemies ; Fireconsumes your gate bars.
1423Draw for yourself water for the siege ! 24Strengthen your fortifications ! Go into the clay and tread the mortar ! Takehold of the brickmold !
15There25fire will consume you, The sword will cut you down ; It will 26consume you as the locust does. Multiply yourself like the creepinglocust, Multiply yourself like the swarminglocust.
You have increased your 27tradersmorethan the stars of heaven - The creepinglocustistrips and fliesaway.
Your j28guardsmen are like the swarminglocust. Your 29marshals are like hordes of grasshoppersSettling in the stone walls on a coldday. The sunrises and they flee, And the placewhere they are is not known.
Your shepherds are 30sleeping, O 31king of Assyria ; Your 32nobles are lyingdown. Your people are 33scattered on the mountains And there is noone to regather them.
19There is 34norelief for your breakdown, Your 35wound is incurable. All who hearkabout you Will 36clap their handsover you, For on whom has not your evilpassedcontinually ?