all because of the wanton lust of a harlot, alluring, the mistress of sorceries,1 who enslaved nations by her prostitution2 and peoples by her witchcraft.
"I am against3 you," declares the LORD Almighty. "I will lift your skirts4 over your face. I will show the nations your nakedness5 and the kingdoms your shame.
I will pelt you with filth,6 I will treat you with contempt7 and make you a spectacle.87
All who see you will flee9 from you and say, 'Nineveh10 is in ruins11--who will mourn for her?'12 Where can I find anyone to comfort13 you?"
Are you better than14 Thebes,a15 situated on the Nile,16 with water around her? The river was her defense, the waters her wall.
Cushb17 and Egypt were her boundless strength; Put18 and Libya19 were among her allies.
Yet she was taken captive20 and went into exile. Her infants were dashed21 to pieces at the head of every street. Lots22 were cast for her nobles, and all her great men were put in chains.2311
You too will become drunk;24 you will go into hiding25 and seek refuge from the enemy.
All your fortresses are like fig trees with their first ripe fruit;26 when they are shaken, the figs27 fall into the mouth of the eater.
Look at your troops-- they are all women!28 The gates29 of your land are wide open to your enemies; fire has consumed their bars.3014
Draw water for the siege,31 strengthen your defenses!32 Work the clay, tread the mortar, repair the brickwork!