1The scatterer has come up against you. 2Man the ramparts; watch the road; dress for battle; collect all your strength.
For 3the LORD is restoring the majesty of Jacob as the majesty of Israel, for plunderers have plundered them and 4ruined their branches.
The shield of his mighty men is red; 5his soldiers are clothed in scarlet. The chariots come with flashing metal on the day he musters them; the cypress spears are brandished.
6The chariots race madly through the streets; they rush to and fro through the squares; they gleam like torches; they dart like lightning.
He remembers 7his officers; 8they stumble as they go, they hasten to the wall; the siege tower is set up.
9The river gates are opened; the palace 10melts away;
its mistress is 11stripped; she is carried off, her slave girls 12lamenting, moaning like doves and beating their breasts.
13Nineveh is like a pool whose waters run away. "Halt! Halt!" they cry, but 14none turns back.
Plunder the silver, plunder the gold! There is no end of the treasure or of the wealth of all precious things.
15Desolate! Desolation and ruin! 16Hearts melt and 17knees tremble; 18anguish is in all loins; 19all faces grow pale!
Where is the lions' den, the feeding place of 20the young lions, where the lion and lioness went, where his cubs were, with 21none to disturb?
22The lion tore enough for his cubs and 23strangled prey for his lionesses; he filled his caves with prey and his dens with torn flesh.
24Behold, I am against you, declares the LORD of hosts, and 25I will burn your chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and 26the voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.