Nahum 2

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The Book of Nahum

Chapter 3


Woe to the bloody city! it [is] all full of lies [and] robbery; the prey departeth55 not;


The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing6 horses, and of the jumping18 chariots.


The horseman lifteth up56 both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and [there is] a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and [there is] none end of [their] corpses; they stumble1 3782 11 upon their corpses:


Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured 2580 harlot,6 the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth6 nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.


Behold, I [am] against thee, saith7 the LORD of hosts; and I will discover14 thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew52 the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.


And I will cast52 abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile,14 and will set1 thee as a gazingstock.


And it shall come to pass, [that] all they that look6 upon thee shall flee4 from thee, and say,1 Nineveh is laid waste:27 who will bemoan4 her? whence shall I seek17 comforters18 for thee?


Art thou better55 than populous 528 No, that was situate6 among the rivers, [that had] the waters round about it, whose rampart [was] the sea, [and] her wall [was] from the sea?


Ethiopia and Egypt [were] her strength, and [it was] infinite; 7097 Put and Lubim were thy helpers.


Yet [was] she carried away, she went1 into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces29 at the top of all the streets: and they cast1 lots for her honourable men,12 and all her great men were bound27 in chains.


Thou also shalt be drunken:4 thou shalt be hid,12 thou also shalt seek17 strength because of the enemy.6


All thy strong holds [shall be like] fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken,11 they shall even fall1 into the mouth of the eater.6


Behold, thy people in the midst of thee [are] women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide2 open8 unto thine enemies:6 the fire shall devour1 thy bars.


Draw3 thee waters for the siege, fortify16 thy strong holds: go3 into clay, and tread3 the morter, make strong54 the brickkiln.


There shall the fire devour4 thee; the sword shall cut thee off,55 it shall eat4 thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many100 as the cankerworm, make thyself many100 as the locusts.


Thou hast multiplied52 thy merchants6 above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth,1 and flieth away.4


Thy crowned [are] as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, 1462 which camp6 in the hedges in the cold day, [but] when the sun ariseth1 they flee away,19 and their place is not known8 where they [are].


Thy shepherds6 slumber,1 O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell4 [in the dust]: thy people is scattered8 upon the mountains, and no man gathereth18 [them].


[There is] no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous:12 all that hear6 the bruit of thee shall clap1 the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed1 continually?

Habakkuk 1





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