Nahum 3 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Doom of the Wicked City is Certain

1 Woe to the city [that has shed] {much blood}!a {She is a deceiver},b She is filled [with] plunder, {She has hoarded her spoils of war}.c 2 The crack of the whip! The rumbling of the [chariot] wheel! The galloping of the horse! The racing of the chariot! 3 Chariots charge! Swords flash! Spears glitter! {Many corpses are piled high}!d There is no end to the slain! They stumble over their dead!

Harlot Nineveh Will Get What She Deserves

4 "Because of the many idolatries of [the] prostitute, the beautiful charm [of] a mistress of witchcraft, she who enslaves nations by her harlotries, and peoples by her sorceries, 5 "Look! I am against you!" {declares}eYahweh. "I will strip up your skirts over your face; I will let nations look [at] your nakedness and your shame. 6 "I will throw filth upon you, I will treat you with contempt, I will make you a spectacle. 7 "And it will be that everyone who sees you will flee from you, And {they}f will say, 'Nineveh is destroyed!' Who will mourn for her? From whence shall I seek comforters for you?"

Nineveh Will Suffer the Same Fate She Inflicted on Thebes

8 Are you better than Thebes?g She who sits at the Nile, surrounded by her waters, her rampart [was the] sea and water [was] her wall. 9 Cush [was] her strength, Egypt without end; Put and Libya were among {your allies}.h 10 Yet she went into captivity as an exile; her children were dashed to pieces at the head of [the] streets; they cast lots for all of her nobles; all of her dignitaries were bound with chains. 11 You also will behave like a drunkard; You also will hide yourself; You also will seek refuge from [the] enemy.

Nineveh’s Defenses Will Fail

12 All of your fortifications [are like] fig trees with [ripe] firstfruits-- if they are shaken, they will fall into the mouth of the eater. 13 Look! Your troops [are like] women in your midst. The gates of your land are wide open to your enemies; fire will consume the bars [of your gates]. 14 Draw water for a siege! Strengthen your fortifications! Go to the mud [pit]! Trample the clay! Grasp the brick mold! 15 There fire will consume you; the sword will cut you off. It will consume you like the locust.

Nineveh’s Defenders Will Flee

16 You have increased your merchants more than the stars of heaven; [like] the locust they will shed [their skin] and fly away. 17 Your officials [are] like locusts; your commanders [are] like a swarm of locusts. They encamp on the walls on a cold day; when the sun rises, they fly away-- no one knows where they have gone.

Nineveh Will Come to an End

18 Your shepherds are sleeping, [O] king of Assyria! Your nobles slumber. Your people are scattered on the mountains; no one can gather them. 19 There is no healing for your wound; your injury is fatal. All who hear the report of you will clap [their] hands [for joy] concerning you, {For who has not suffered at the hands of your endless cruelty}?i
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