5 1Behold, I am against you, declares the LORD of hosts, and 2will lift up your skirts over your face; and I will make nations look at 3your nakedness and kingdoms at your shame.
6 I will throw filth at you and 4treat you with contempt and make you 5a spectacle.
7 And all who look at you 6will shrink from you and say, Wasted is 7Nineveh; 8who will grieve for her? 9Where shall I seek comforters for you?
8 10Are you better than 11Thebesa that sat 12by the Nile, with water around her, her rampart a sea, and water her wall?
9 13Cush was her strength; Egypt too, and that without limit; 14Put and the 15Libyans were herb helpers.
10 16Yet she became an exile; she went into captivity; 17her infants were dashed in pieces at the head of every street; for her honored men 18lots were cast, 19and all her great men were bound in chains.
11 20You also will be drunken; you will go into hiding; 21you will seek a refuge from the enemy.
12 All your fortresses are 22like fig trees with first-ripe figs-- if shaken they fall into the mouth of the eater.
13 Behold, your troops 23are women in your midst. The gates of your land are wide open to your enemies; fire has devoured your bars.
14 24Draw water for the siege; 25strengthen your forts; go into the clay; tread the mortar; take hold of the brick mold!
15 There will the fire devour you; the sword will cut you off. It will 26devour you 27like the locust. Multiply yourselves 28like the locust; multiply 29like the grasshopper!
16 You increased 30your merchants more than the stars of the heavens. 31The locust spreads its wings and flies away.
17 Your 32princes are 33like grasshoppers, 34your scribesc like clouds of locusts settling on the fences in a day of cold-- when the sun rises, they fly away; no one knows where they are.