Nahum 3 DBY

1 Woe to the bloody city! It is all full of lies [and] violence; the prey departeth not.
2 The crack of the whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the prancing horses, and of the bounding chariots!
3 The horseman springing up, and the glitter of the sword, and the flash of the spear, and a multitude of slain, and a mass of carcases, and no end of corpses: they stumble over their corpses.
4 -- Because of the multitude of the fornications of the well-favoured harlot, mistress of sorceries, that selleth nations through her fornications, and families through her sorceries,
5 behold, I am against thee, saith Jehovah of hosts; and I will uncover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.
6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazing stock.
7 And it shall come to pass, [that] all they that see thee shall flee from thee, and shall say, Nineveh is laid waste! Who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?
8 Art thou better than No-Amon, a that was situate among the rivers, b [that had] the waters round about her, whose rampart was the sea, [and] of the sea was her wall?

References for Nahum 3:8

    • r 3:8 - i.e. the god Amon of No (Thebes) in Egypt.
    • s 3:8 - Or 'canals.'
      9 Ethiopia was her strength, and Egypt, and it was infinite; c Phut and the Libyans were her d helpers.

      References for Nahum 3:9

        • t 3:9 - Or 'endless.'
        • u 3:9 - Lit. 'thy,' but referring here to No-Amon, which is apostrophised.
          10 She too was carried away, she went into captivity: her infants also were dashed in pieces, at the top of all the streets; and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound with chains.
          11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid; e thou also shalt seek a refuge from the enemy.

          References for Nahum 3:11

            • v 3:11 - Or 'shalt hide thyself.'
              12 All thy strongholds are [like] fig-trees with the first-ripe figs: if they be shaken, they even fall into the mouth of the eater.
              13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are [as] women: the gates of thy land are set wide open unto thine enemies; the fire devoureth thy bars.
              14 Draw thee water for the siege, strengthen thy fortresses; go into the clay, and tread the mortar, make strong the brick-kiln.
              15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off; it shall devour thee like the cankerworm. f Make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locust.

              References for Nahum 3:15

                • w 3:15 - See Joel 1.4.
                  16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants more than the stars of the heavens; the cankerworm spreadeth himself out and flieth away.
                  17 Thy chosen men are as the locusts, and thy captains as swarms of grasshoppers, g which camp in the hedges in the cold day: when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

                  References for Nahum 3:17

                    • x 3:17 - Heb. gob gobai, lit. 'grasshopper of grasshoppers,' -- probably a species of locust which issues from the ground when hatched; not as Ex. 10.13.
                      18 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria; thy nobles lie still; thy people are scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.
                      19 There is no healing of thy breach; thy wound is grievous; all that hear the report of thee clap the hands over thee; for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?