Nahum 2 ©
A further prophecy of the Ninevites’ destruction by the Babylonians, because of their tyranny against the people of God and the other nations.
HE1 that dasheth in pieces is come up before 2thy face: 3keep the munition,a4watch the way, 5make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily.
For 6the LORD hath turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for 7the emptiersb8have emptied them out, and marred 9their vine branches.
10The shield 11of his mighty men 12is made red, the 13valiant men are in 14scarlet: 15the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his 16preparation, and the fir 17trees shall 18be terribly shaken.
19The chariots shall 20rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem 21like torches, 22they shall run like the lightnings.
23He shall recount 24his worthies: they 25shall stumble 26in their walk; 27they shall make haste 28to the wall thereof, and 29the defence shall be prepared.
30The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and 31the palace 32shall be dissolved.
And 33Huzzab 34shall be led away captive, she shall be 35brought up, and her maids shall lead her 36as with the voice of doves, 37taberingc upon their breasts.
But 38Nineveh is 39of old like a pool of water: yet 40they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.
41Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the 42store and glory out 43of all the pleasant furniture.
44She is empty, and void, and waste: and thed heart melteth, and the knees 45smite together, and much pain is ine all loins, and 46the faces of them all gather 47blackness.
48Where is the 49dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid?
The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and 50strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.f
Behold, 51I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and 52I will burn 53her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour 54thy young lions: and I will 55cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice 56of thy messengers shall no more be heard.