19 Do not hand over the life of your dove(A) to wild beasts;
    do not forget the lives of your afflicted(B) people forever.

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14 I cried like a swift or thrush,
    I moaned like a mourning dove.(A)
My eyes grew weak(B) as I looked to the heavens.
    I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid!”(C)

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28 Abandon your towns and dwell among the rocks,
    you who live in Moab.
Be like a dove(A) that makes its nest
    at the mouth of a cave.(B)

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16 The fugitives(A) who escape
    will flee to the mountains.
Like doves(B) of the valleys,
    they will all moan,
    each for their own sins.(C)

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It is decreed[a] that Nineveh
    be exiled and carried away.
Her female slaves moan(A) like doves
    and beat on their breasts.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Nahum 2:7 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.