Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Suddenly a young lion came roaring at him,

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I will attack them
like a bear robbed of her cubs
and tear open the rib cage over their hearts.
I will devour them there like a lioness,(A)
like a wild beast that would rip them open.

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For a nation has invaded My land,(A)
powerful and without number;
its teeth are the teeth of a lion,
and it has the fangs of a lioness.(B)

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12 The lion mauled whatever its cubs needed
and strangled prey for its lionesses.
It filled up its dens with the kill,
and its lairs with mauled prey.(A)
13 Beware, I am against you.(B)
This is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.
I will make your chariots go up in smoke[a]
and the sword will devour your young lions.
I will cut off your prey from the earth,
and the sound of your messengers
will never be heard again.

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Footnotes

  1. Nahum 2:13 Lit will burn her chariots in smoke

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