Woe to Nineveh

Woe to (A)the bloody city,
    all full of lies and plunder—
    (B)no end to the prey!
The crack of the whip, and (C)rumble of the wheel,
    (D)galloping horse and (E)bounding chariot!
Horsemen charging,
    flashing sword and (F)glittering spear,
(G)hosts of slain,
    heaps of corpses,
dead bodies without end—
    they stumble over the bodies!
And all for the countless whorings of the (H)prostitute,
    (I)graceful and of deadly charms,
who betrays nations with her whorings,
    and peoples with her charms.

(J)Behold, I am against you,
    declares the Lord of hosts,
    and (K)will lift up your skirts over your face;
and I will make nations look at (L)your nakedness
    and kingdoms at your shame.
I will throw filth at you
    and (M)treat you with contempt
    and make you (N)a spectacle.
And all who look at you (O)will shrink from you and say,
“Wasted is (P)Nineveh; (Q)who will grieve for her?”
    (R)Where shall I seek comforters for you?

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