“The swift cannot flee(A)
    nor the strong escape.
In the north by the River Euphrates(B)
    they stumble and fall.(C)

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I will hand the Egyptians over
    to the power of a cruel master,
and a fierce king(A) will rule over them,”
    declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

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Are you better than(A) Thebes,(B)
    situated on the Nile,(C)
    with water around her?
The river was her defense,
    the waters her wall.
Cush[a](D) and Egypt were her boundless strength;
    Put(E) and Libya(F) were among her allies.
10 Yet she was taken captive(G)
    and went into exile.
Her infants were dashed(H) to pieces
    at every street corner.
Lots(I) were cast for her nobles,
    and all her great men were put in chains.(J)

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Footnotes

  1. Nahum 3:9 That is, the upper Nile region