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Nahum 3 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 How terrible it will be for the city that has killed so many. It is full of lies and goods stolen from other countries. It is always killing somebody. 1 Woe to the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never without victims!
2 Hear the sound of whips and the noise of the wheels. Hear horses galloping and chariots bouncing along! 2 The crack of whips, the clatter of wheels, galloping horses and jolting chariots!
3 Horses are charging, swords are shining, spears are gleaming! Many are dead; their bodies are piled up -- too many to count. People stumble over the dead bodies. 3 Charging cavalry, flashing swords and glittering spears! Many casualties, piles of dead, bodies without number, people stumbling over the corpses--
4 The city was like a prostitute; she was charming and a lover of magic. She made nations slaves with her prostitution and her witchcraft. 4 all because of the wanton lust of a harlot, alluring, the mistress of sorceries, who enslaved nations by her prostitution and peoples by her witchcraft.
5 "I am against you, Nineveh," says the Lord All-Powerful. "I will pull your dress up over your face and show the nations your nakedness and the kingdoms your shame. 5 "I am against you," declares the LORD Almighty. "I will lift your skirts over your face. I will show the nations your nakedness and the kingdoms your shame.
6 I will throw filthy garbage on you and make a fool of you. I will make people stare at you. 6 I will pelt you with filth, I will treat you with contempt and make you a spectacle.
7 Everyone who sees you will run away and say, 'Nineveh is in ruins. Who will cry for her?' Nineveh, where will I find anyone to comfort you?" 7 All who see you will flee from you and say, 'Nineveh is in ruins--who will mourn for her?' Where can I find anyone to comfort you?"
8 You are no better than Thebes, who sits by the Nile River with water all around her. The river was her defense; the waters were like a wall around her. 8 Are you better than Thebes, situated on the Nile, with water around her? The river was her defense, the waters her wall.
9 Cush and Egypt gave her endless strength; Put and Libya supported her. 9 Cush and Egypt were her boundless strength; Put and Libya were among her allies.
10 But Thebes was captured and went into captivity. Her small children were beaten to death at every street corner. Lots were thrown for her important men, and all of her leaders were put in chains. 10 Yet she was taken captive and went into exile. Her infants were dashed to pieces at the head of every street. Lots were cast for her nobles, and all her great men were put in chains.
11 Nineveh, you will be drunk, too. You will hide; you will look for a place safe from the enemy. 11 You too will become drunk; you will go into hiding and seek refuge from the enemy.
12 All your defenses are like fig trees with ripe fruit. When the tree is shaken, the figs fall into the mouth of the eater. 12 All your fortresses are like fig trees with their first ripe fruit; when they are shaken, the figs fall into the mouth of the eater.
13 Look at your soldiers. They are all women! The gates of your land are wide open for your enemies; fire has burned the bars of your gates. 13 Look at your troops-- they are all women! The gates of your land are wide open to your enemies; fire has consumed their bars.
14 Get enough water before the long war begins. Make your defenses strong! Get mud, mix clay, make bricks! 14 Draw water for the siege, strengthen your defenses! Work the clay, tread the mortar, repair the brickwork!
15 There the fire will burn you up. The sword will kill you; like grasshoppers eating crops, the battle will completely destroy you. Grow in number like hopping locusts; grow in number like swarming locusts! 15 There the fire will devour you; the sword will cut you down and, like grasshoppers, consume you. Multiply like grasshoppers, multiply like locusts!
16 Your traders are more than the stars in the sky, but like locusts, they strip the land and then fly away. 16 You have increased the number of your merchants till they are more than the stars of the sky, but like locusts they strip the land and then fly away.
17 Your guards are like locusts. Your officers are like swarms of locusts that hang on the walls on a cold day. When the sun comes up, they fly away, and no one knows where they have gone. 17 Your guards are like locusts, your officials like swarms of locusts that settle in the walls on a cold day-- but when the sun appears they fly away, and no one knows where.
18 King of Assyria, your rulers are asleep; your important men lie down to rest. Your people have been scattered on the mountains, and there is no one to bring them back. 18 O king of Assyria, your shepherds slumber; your nobles lie down to rest. Your people are scattered on the mountains with no one to gather them.
19 Nothing can heal your wound; your injury will not heal. Everyone who hears about you applauds, because everyone has felt your endless cruelty. 19 Nothing can heal your wound; your injury is fatal. Everyone who hears the news about you claps his hands at your fall, for who has not felt your endless cruelty?