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Nahum 2 New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised (NRSVA)

The Destruction of the Wicked City

A shatterer[a] has come up against you.
    Guard the ramparts;
    watch the road;
gird your loins;
    collect all your strength.

(For the Lord is restoring the majesty of Jacob,
    as well as the majesty of Israel,
though ravagers have ravaged them
    and ruined their branches.)

The shields of his warriors are red;
    his soldiers are clothed in crimson.
The metal on the chariots flashes
    on the day when he musters them;
    the chargers[b] prance.
The chariots race madly through the streets,
    they rush to and fro through the squares;
their appearance is like torches,
    they dart like lightning.
He calls his officers;
    they stumble as they come forward;
they hasten to the wall,
    and the mantelet[c] is set up.
The river gates are opened,
    the palace trembles.
It is decreed[d] that the city[e] be exiled,
    its slave-women led away,
moaning like doves
    and beating their breasts.
Nineveh is like a pool
    whose waters[f] run away.
‘Halt! Halt!’—
    but no one turns back.
‘Plunder the silver,
    plunder the gold!
There is no end of treasure!
    An abundance of every precious thing!’

10 Devastation, desolation, and destruction!
    Hearts faint and knees tremble,
all loins quake,
    all faces grow pale!
11 What became of the lions’ den,
    the cave[g] of the young lions,
where the lion goes,
    and the lion’s cubs, with no one to disturb them?
12 The lion has torn enough for his whelps
    and strangled prey for his lionesses;
he has filled his caves with prey
    and his dens with torn flesh.

13 See, I am against you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will burn your[h] chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions; I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall be heard no more.

Footnotes:

  1. Nahum 2:1 Cn: Heb scatterer
  2. Nahum 2:3 Cn Compare Gk Syr: Heb cypresses
  3. Nahum 2:5 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  4. Nahum 2:7 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  5. Nahum 2:7 Heb it
  6. Nahum 2:8 Cn Compare Gk: Heb a pool, from the days that she has become, and they
  7. Nahum 2:11 Cn: Heb pasture
  8. Nahum 2:13 Heb her
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Nahum 2 New International Version (NIV)

Nineveh to Fall

[a]An attacker advances against you, Nineveh.
    Guard the fortress,
    watch the road,
    brace yourselves,
    marshal all your strength!

The Lord will restore the splendor of Jacob
    like the splendor of Israel,
though destroyers have laid them waste
    and have ruined their vines.

The shields of the soldiers are red;
    the warriors are clad in scarlet.
The metal on the chariots flashes
    on the day they are made ready;
    the spears of juniper are brandished.[b]
The chariots storm through the streets,
    rushing back and forth through the squares.
They look like flaming torches;
    they dart about like lightning.

Nineveh summons her picked troops,
    yet they stumble on their way.
They dash to the city wall;
    the protective shield is put in place.
The river gates are thrown open
    and the palace collapses.
It is decreed[c] that Nineveh
    be exiled and carried away.
Her female slaves moan like doves
    and beat on their breasts.
Nineveh is like a pool
    whose water is draining away.
“Stop! Stop!” they cry,
    but no one turns back.
Plunder the silver!
    Plunder the gold!
The supply is endless,
    the wealth from all its treasures!
10 She is pillaged, plundered, stripped!
    Hearts melt, knees give way,
    bodies tremble, every face grows pale.

11 Where now is the lions’ den,
    the place where they fed their young,
where the lion and lioness went,
    and the cubs, with nothing to fear?
12 The lion killed enough for his cubs
    and strangled the prey for his mate,
filling his lairs with the kill
    and his dens with the prey.

13 “I am against you,”
    declares the Lord Almighty.
“I will burn up your chariots in smoke,
    and the sword will devour your young lions.
    I will leave you no prey on the earth.
The voices of your messengers
    will no longer be heard.”

Footnotes:

  1. Nahum 2:1 In Hebrew texts 2:1-13 is numbered 2:2-14.
  2. Nahum 2:3 Hebrew; Septuagint and Syriac ready; / the horsemen rush to and fro.
  3. Nahum 2:7 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
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