14 (A)Draw water for the siege;
    (B)strengthen your forts;
go into the clay;
    tread the mortar;
    take hold of the brick mold!
15 There will the fire devour you;
    the sword will cut you off.
    It will (C)devour you (D)like the locust.
Multiply yourselves (E)like the locust;
    multiply (F)like the grasshopper!
16 You increased (G)your merchants
    more than the stars of the heavens.
    (H)The locust spreads its wings and flies away.

17 Your (I)princes are (J)like grasshoppers,
    (K)your scribes[a] like clouds of locusts
settling on the fences
    in a day of cold—
when the sun rises, they fly away;
    no one knows where they are.

18 Your shepherds (L)are asleep,
    O king of Assyria;
    (M)your nobles slumber.
Your people (N)are scattered on the mountains
    with none to gather them.
19 There is no easing your hurt;
    (O)your wound is grievous.
All who hear the news about you
    (P)clap their hands over you.
For (Q)upon whom has not come
    your unceasing evil?

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Footnotes

  1. Nahum 3:17 Or marshals

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