Old Testament - Nahum
THE wound of Nineveh, which is in the book of the visions of Nahum the Alkoshite.
2 God is zealous, and the LORD is avenging; the LORD is avenging and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserves wrath for his enemies. 3 The LORD is slow to anger great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked; the LORDíS way is in the whirlwind and in the tempest, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. 4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers; Mathnin and Carmel languish, and the flower of Lebanon withers. 5 The mountains quake before him and the hills break loose; the earth trembles at his presence, yea, the world and all that dwell therein. 6 Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure in the fierceness of his wrath? His fury burns like fire, and the mountains melt at his presence. 7 The LORD is good, a great help in the day of trouble; and he knows those who trust in him. 8 But with a rushing flood he will make an utter end of the place of his adversaries, and darkness shall pursue his enemies."
"9 What do you imagine against the LORD? He will make an utter end; affliction shall not rise up the second time. 10 Because from the lowest among them up to their rulers they are rebellious, they stagger in their drunkenness; they have eaten and are filled with dry rubbish. 11 Out of you shall come forth one who imagines evil against the LORD and gives wicked counsel. 12 Thus says the LORD: Against the watersheds of many waters, they have run down and vanished; though I have humbled you, I will humble you no more. 13 For now I will break his yoke from off you, and will burst your bonds asunder. 14 And the LORD will give a commandment concerning you: Your name shall no more be propagated from the house of your god; I will destroy the graven images and the molten images; I will make your grave hastily. 15 Behold upon the mountains, the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace! O Judah, keep your solemn feasts and perform your vows; the wicked shall no longer transgress against you, for he is utterly destroyed.
A RULER has come up against you who keeps a watch, guards the road, and girds loins; whose strength is exceedingly great. 2 For the LORD will restore the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel; for the oppressors have trampled upon them and destroyed their branches. 3 The shields of their mighty men are red, the valiant men parade with flaming torches and in chariots in the day of their preparation, and the horsemen are terrifying. 4 In the streets they sing praises and glory in their chariots, their appearance is like torches; they run like lightning. 5 The soldiers are obedient to their officers; they stumble as they march; they make haste to the wall, and the battlements are prepared. 6 The city gates are opened and the palace trembles. 7 And the queen summons her horsemen and flees northward; her maids are mourning in their hearts like doves. 8 And Nineveh is like a lake, and she is situated by the waters; her warriors flee away. Make a stand, make a stand, their officers cry; but none turns back. 9 Plunder the silver, plunder the gold; for there is no end to the precious ornaments, and abundance of every kind of precious vessels. 10 She is trampled upon, she is overthrown and breached; the heart faints and the knees tremble and pain is in all loins, and all of them are greatly ashamed."
"11 where is the lionís den and the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion went to enter there and the lionís whelp, and there was none to harm them? 12 The lion did tear in pieces enough to feed his whelps, and ripped apart for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey and his dens with pieces of flesh. 13 Behold, I am against you, says the LORD of hosts, and I will burn up your multitudes in the smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions; and I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the news of your deeds shall no more be heard.
WOE to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and iniquity; the plunder in it cannot be estimated. 2 The noise of the whip and the noise of rattling of the wheels and of the snorting of horses and of bounding chariots! 3 The horseman driving, with the flash of the sword and the glittering spear! And there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of corpses; there is no end to corpses; they stumble over their corpses. 4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the harlot that was beautiful and mistress of witchcrafts, who brings up nations through her whoredoms and tribes through her witchcraft, 5 Behold, I am against you, says the LORD of hosts; and I will raise your skirts over your face and will show the nations your nakedness and the kingdoms your shame. 6 And I will cast filth upon you and disgrace you, and will make you a spectacle, 7 And it shall come to pass that all who look upon you shall abhor you and say, Nineveh is plundered; who will bemoan her? Whence shall I seek a comforter for you?"
"8 Are you better than Jawan of Ammon, which is situated by the rivers, that had waters round about her, whose rampart was the sea, and water her wall? 9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was limitless; Put and the Libyans were her helpers; 10 Yet even she was carried away into captivity; her children were dashed in pieces at the head of all the streets; and they cast lots for her honorable men, and all her great men were bound in chains. 11 You also shall be grieved and you shall be despised; you also shall seek help because of your enemies. 12 All your strongholds shall be like fig trees with the first ripe figs; when they are ripe, they fall into the mouth of the eater. 13 Behold, your people in the midst of you are cowards; they will open the gates of your land to your enemies; the fire shall devour your bars. 14 Draw water for the siege, fortify your strongholds; mix the clay, tread the mortar, strengthen the foundations. 15 There shall the fire devour you, the sword shall cut you off; it shall devour you like the crawling locust because you have become many like the crawling locust and multiplied like the locust. 16 You have multiplied your merchants more than the stars of the heaven; the young locust swarms and flies away. 17 Your Nazarites are as the locusts, and your warriors as the swarms of locusts which settle on the hedges on a cold day, but when the sun arises they fly off, and it is not known where they are. 18 Your friends slumber, O king of Assyria; your allies have deserted; your people are scattered on the mountains, and they have none to gather them. 19 There is no one to grieve over your wound; your wound is painful; all who hear the news of you clap their hands over you; for your wickedness has gone forth against every man continually.