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Nahum 2 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Attack against Nineveh

One who scatters is coming up against you.
Man the fortifications!
Watch the road!
Brace[a] yourself!
Summon all your strength!

For the Lord will restore the majesty of Jacob,
yes,[b] the majesty of Israel,
though ravagers have ravaged them
and ruined their vine branches.

The shields of his[c] warriors are dyed red;
the valiant men are dressed in scarlet.
The fittings of the chariot flash like fire
on the day of its battle preparations,
and the spears are brandished.
The chariots dash madly through the streets;
they rush around in the plazas.
They look like torches;
they dart back and forth like lightning.
He gives orders to his officers;
they stumble as they advance.
They race to its wall;
the protective shield is set in place.
The river gates are opened,
and the palace erodes away.

Beauty[d] is stripped;[e]
she is carried away;
her ladies-in-waiting moan
like the sound of doves
and beat their breasts.
Nineveh has been like a pool of water
from her first days,[f]
but they are fleeing.
“Stop! Stop!” they cry,
but no one turns back.
“Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold!”
There is no end to the treasure,
an abundance of every precious thing.
10 Desolation, decimation, devastation!
Hearts melt,
knees tremble,
insides churn,
every face grows pale!

11 Where is the lions’ lair,
or the feeding ground of the young lions,
where the lion and lioness prowled,
and the lion’s cub,
with nothing to frighten them away?
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.
13 Beware, I am against you.
This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.
I will make your chariots go up in smoke,[g]
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.


  1. 2:1 Lit Strengthen
  2. 2:2 Or like
  3. 2:3 = the army commander attacking Nineveh
  4. 2:7 Text emended; MT reads Huzzab
  5. 2:7 Hb obscure
  6. 2:8 Hb obscure
  7. 2:13 Lit will burn her chariots in smoke
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Nahum 2 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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.


  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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