He that dasheth in pieces a is come up against thy face: keep the fortress, watch the way, make [thy] loins strong, fortify [thy] power mightily.
For Jehovah hath brought again b the glory of Jacob, as the glory of Israel; c for the wasters have wasted them, d and marred their vine-branches.
The shield of his e mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots [glitter] with the sheen f of steel, in the day of his preparation, and the spears g are brandished.
The chariots rush madly in the streets, they justle one against another in the broad ways: the appearance of them is like torches, they run like lightnings.
He bethinketh him of his nobles: they stumble in their march; they make haste to the wall thereof, and the shelter h is prepared.
The gates of the rivers are opened, and the palace melteth away.
And it is decreed: she i shall be uncovered, she shall be led away, and her maids shall moan as with the voice of doves, drumming upon their breasts. j8
Nineveh hath been like a pool of water, since the day she existed, yet they flee away. ... Stand! Stand! But none looketh back.
Plunder the silver, plunder the gold; for there is no end of the splendid store of all precious vessels.
She is empty, and void, and waste; and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and writhing pain is in all loins, and all their faces grow pale.
Where is [now] the den of the lions, and the feeding-place of the young lions, where the lion, the lioness, [and] the lion's whelp walked, and none made them afraid?
The lion tore in pieces k enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.
Behold, I am against thee, saith Jehovah of hosts: and I will burn her chariots into smoke; and the sword shall devour thy young lions, and I will cut off thy prey from the earth; and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.