I will pelt you with filth,1 I will treat you with contempt2 and make you a spectacle.37
All who see you will flee4 from you and say, 'Nineveh5 is in ruins6--who will mourn for her?'7 Where can I find anyone to comfort8 you?"
Are you better than9 Thebes,a10 situated on the Nile,11 with water around her? The river was her defense, the waters her wall.
Cushb12 and Egypt were her boundless strength; Put13 and Libya14 were among her allies.
Yet she was taken captive15 and went into exile. Her infants were dashed16 to pieces at the head of every street. Lots17 were cast for her nobles, and all her great men were put in chains.1811
You too will become drunk;19 you will go into hiding20 and seek refuge from the enemy.
All your fortresses are like fig trees with their first ripe fruit;21 when they are shaken, the figs22 fall into the mouth of the eater.
Look at your troops-- they are all women!23 The gates24 of your land are wide open to your enemies; fire has consumed their bars.2514
Draw water for the siege,26 strengthen your defenses!27 Work the clay, tread the mortar, repair the brickwork!
There the fire28 will devour you; the sword29 will cut you down and, like grasshoppers, consume you. Multiply like grasshoppers, multiply like locusts!3016
You have increased the number of your merchants till they are more than the stars of the sky, but like locusts31 they strip the land and then fly away.