Nahum 3 ©

The miserable ruin of Nineveh.


WOE ato the 1bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; bthe prey departeth not;


The cnoise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots.


The horseman lifteth up both the 2bright sword and the glittering spear: and dthere is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:


Because of the multitude of the ewhoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the fmistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and gfamilies through her witchcrafts.


Behold, hI am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and iI will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.


jAnd I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a *gazingstock.


And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee kshall flee from thee, and say, lNineveh is laid waste: mwho will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?


nArt thou better than 3populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had othe waters round about it, whose *rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?


pEthiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and qLubim were 4thy helpers.


rYet was she carried away, she went into captivity: sher young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they tcast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were ubound in chains.


Thou also shalt be vdrunken: wthou shalt be hid, thou also shalt xseek strength because of the enemy.


yAll thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.


Behold, thy people in the midst zof thee are women: athe gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: bthe fire shall devour thy bars.


cDraw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln.


dThere shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the e*cankerworm: fmake thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.


Thou hast multiplied gthy merchants above the stars of heaven: hthe *cankerworm 5spoileth, and flieth away.


Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.


Thy ishepherds slumber, O jking of Assyria: thy 6nobles shall kdwell in the dust : thy people is lscattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.


There is mno 7healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear nthe *bruit of thee shall oclap the hands over thee: for pupon whom hath not qthy wickedness passed continually?