NASB — Nahum 2 — KJV

The Overthrow of Nineveh

  1 IThe one who ascatters has come up against IIyou.
  Man the fortress, watch the road;
  IIIStrengthen your back, IVsummon all [your] strength.
  2 For the LORD will restore the asplendor of Jacob
  bLike the splendor of Israel,
  Even though devastators have devastated them
  And cdestroyed their vine branches.

[1] ICh 2:2 in Heb IILit your face IIILit Make strong your loins IVLit strengthen power greatly aJr 51:20-23
[2] aIs 60:15 bEzk 37:21-23 cPs 80:12, 13

  3 ¶ The shields of Ihis mighty men are [colored] red,
  The warriors are dressed in ascarlet,
  The chariots are [enveloped] in IIflashing steel
  IIIWhen he is prepared [to march],
  And the cypress b[spears] are brandished.
  4 The achariots race madly in the streets,
  They rush wildly in the Isquares,
  Their appearance is like torches,
  They dash to and fro like lightning flashes.
  5 He remembers his anobles;
  They bstumble in their march,
  They hurry to her wall,
  And the Imantelet is set up.
  6 The gates of the rivers are opened
  And the palace is dissolved.
  7 It is fixed:
  She is stripped, she is carried away,
  And her handmaids are amoaning like the sound of doves,
  bBeating on their Ibreasts.

[3] II.e. those attacking Nineveh IILit fire of steel IIILit On the day of his preparation aEzk 23:14, 15 bJb 39:23
[4] ILit broad places aIs 66:15; Jr 4:13; Ezk 26:10; Na 3:2, 3
[5] ILit covering used in a siege aNa 3:18 bJr 46:12
[7] ILit hearts aIs 38:14; 59:11 bIs 32:12

  8 ¶ Though Nineveh [was] like a pool of water throughout her days,
  Now they are fleeing;
  “Stop, stop,”
  But ano one turns back.
  9 Plunder the silver!
  Plunder the agold!
  For there is no limit to the treasure
  Wealth from every kind of desirable object.
  10 She is aemptied! Yes, she is desolate and waste!
  bHearts are melting and knees knocking!
  Also anguish is in Ithe whole body
  And all their cfaces are grown pale!
  11 Where is the den of the lions
  And the feeding place of the ayoung lions,
  Where the lion, lioness and lion’s cub prowled,
  With nothing to disturb [them]?
  12 The lion tore enough for his cubs,
  IKilled [enough] for his lionesses,
  And filled his lairs with prey
  And his dens with torn flesh.

[8] aJr 46:5; 47:3
[9] aRv 18:12, 16
[10] ILit all the loin aIs 24:1; 34:10-13; Na 2:2 bPs 22:14; Is 13:7, 8; Ezk 21:7 cJol 2:6
[11] aIs 5:29
[12] ILit Strangled

13 ¶ “Behold, aI am against you,” declares the LORD of hosts. “I will bburn up her chariots in smoke, a sword will devour your young lions; I will ccut off your prey from the land, and no longer will the voice of your messengers be heard.”

[13] aJr 21:13; Ezk 5:8; Na 3:5 bJsh 11:6, 9; Ps 46:9 cIs 49:24, 25; Na 3:1


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The fearful and victorious armies of God against Nineveh.

1 ¶ He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make [thy] loins strong, fortify [thy] power mightily. 2 For the LORD hath turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches. 3 The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men [are] in scarlet: the chariots [shall be] with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken. 4 The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings. 5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared. 6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved. 7 And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead [her] as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts. 8 But Nineveh [is] of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, [shall they cry]; but none shall look back. 9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for [there is] none end of the store [and] glory out of all the pleasant furniture. 10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain [is] in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness. 11 Where [is] the dwelling 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? 12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin. 13 Behold, I [am] against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

[1] 2Ch 25:8; Is 14:6; Jr 25:9; 46:3; 50:23; 51:11, 20; Jol 3:9; Na 3:14.
[2] Gn 49:22; Ps 80:12; Is 10:5; Jr 25:29; 49:9; Ho 10:1; Zp 3:11.
[3] Is 14:8; 63:1; Zc 1:8; 6:2; 11:2; Rv 6:4; 12:3.
[4] Is 37:24; 66:15; Jr 4:13; Ezk 26:10; Dn 11:40; Na 3:2.
[5] Is 5:27; 21:5; Jr 46:12; 50:29; 51:27; Na 3:3.
[6] Is 45:1; 2P 3:10.
[7] Is 38:14; 59:11; Lk 23:27, 48.
[8] Gn 10:11; Is 13:14; 47:13; 48:20; Jr 50:16; 51:13, 30; Na 3:17; Rv 17:1, 15.
[9] 2Ch 36:10; Is 33:1, 4; Jr 25:34; 51:56; Ezk 26:12; Dn 11:8; Na 2:12.
[10] Gn 1:2; Jsh 2:11; Ps 22:14; Is 13:7, 19; 14:23; 21:3; 24:1; 34:10; Jr 4:23; 30:6; 51:62; Dn 5:6; Jol 2:6; Na 3:7; Zp 2:13; 3:6; Rv 18:21.
[11] Gn 49:9; Jb 4:10; Is 5:29; 31:4; Jr 2:15; 4:7; 50:17, 44; Ezk 19:2; Na 3:1; Zp 3:3.
[12] Ps 17:12; Is 10:6; Jr 51:34.
[13] Jsh 11:9; 2K 18:17, 19, 27; 19:9, 23; 2Ch 32:9, 19; Ps 46:9; Is 31:8; 33:1; 37:36; 49:24; Jr 21:13; 50:31; 51:25; Ezk 5:8; 26:3; 28:22; 29:3, 10; 35:3; 38:3; 39:1; Na 3:1, 5, 12.


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