NASB — Nahum 3 — KJV

Nineveh’s Complete Ruin

  1 aWoe to the bloody city, completely full of lies [and] pillage;
  [Her] prey never departs.
  2 The anoise of the whip,
  The noise of the rattling of the wheel,
  Galloping horses
  And Ibounding chariots!
  3 Horsemen charging,
  Swords flashing, aspears gleaming,
  bMany slain, a mass of corpses,
  And Iccountless dead bodies
  They stumble over IIthe dead bodies!
  4 [All] because of the amany harlotries of the harlot,
  The charming one, the bmistress of sorceries,
  Who csells nations by her harlotries
  And families by her sorceries.
  5 “Behold, aI am against you,” declares the LORD of hosts;
  “And I will Iblift up your skirts over your face,
  And cshow to the nations your nakedness
  And to the kingdoms your disgrace.
  6 “I will athrow Ifilth on you
  And bmake you vile,
  And set you up as a cspectacle.
  7 “And it will come about that all who see you
  Will Ishrink from you and say,
  ‘Nineveh is devastated!
  aWho will grieve for her?’
  Where will I seek comforters for you?”

[1] aEzk 24:6, 9
[2] ILit skipping aJb 39:22-25; Jr 47:3; Na 2:3, 4
[3] ILit there is no end to IILit their aHab 3:11 bIs 34:3; 66:16 cIs 37:36; Ezk 39:4
[4] aIs 23:17; Ezk 16:25-29; Rv 17:1, 2 bIs 47:9, 12, 13 cRv 18:3
[5] ILit uncover your aJr 50:31; Ezk 26:3; Na 2:13 bIs 47:2, 3; Jr 13:26 cEzk 16:37
[6] ILit detestable things aJb 9:31 bJb 30:8; Mal 2:9 cIs 14:16; Jr 51:37
[7] ILit flee aIs 51:19; Jr 15:5

  8 ¶ Are you better than IaNo-amon,
  Which was situated by the bwaters of the Nile,
  With water surrounding her,
  Whose rampart [was] IIthe sea,
  Whose wall [consisted] of IIthe sea?
  9 aEthiopia was [her] might,
  And Egypt too, without limits.
  bPut and cLubim were among Iher helpers.
  10 Yet she abecame an exile,
  She went into captivity;
  Also her bsmall children were dashed to pieces
  cAt the head of every street;
  They dcast lots for her honorable men,
  And all her great men were bound with fetters.
  11 You too will become adrunk,
  You will be bhidden.
  You too will search for a refuge from the enemy.
  12 All your fortifications are afig trees with Ibripe fruit
  When shaken, they fall into the eater’s mouth.
  13 Behold, your people are awomen in your midst!
  The gates of your land are bopened wide to your enemies;
  Fire consumes your gate bars.
  14 aDraw for yourself water for the siege!
  bStrengthen your fortifications!
  Go into the clay and tread the mortar!
  Take hold of the brick mold!
  15 There afire will consume you,
  The sword will cut you down;
  It will bconsume you as the locust [does].
  Multiply yourself like the creeping locust,
  Multiply yourself like the swarming locust.
  16 You have increased your atraders more than the stars of heaven
  The creeping locust Istrips and flies away.
  17 Your Iaguardsmen are like the swarming locust.
  Your bmarshals are like hordes of grasshoppers
  Settling in the stone walls on a cold day.
  The sun rises and they flee,
  And the place where they are is not known.
  18 Your shepherds are asleeping, O bking of Assyria;
  Your cnobles are lying down.
  Your people are dscattered on the mountains
  And there is no one to regather [them].
  19 There is ano relief for your breakdown,
  Your bwound is incurable.
  All who hear Iabout you
  Will cclap [their] hands over you,
  For on whom has not your evil passed continually?

[8] II.e. the city of Amon: Thebes III.e. the Nile aJr 46:25; Ezk 30:14-16 bIs 19:6-8
[9] ILit your aIs 20:5 bJr 46:9; Ezk 27:10; 30:5; 38:5 c2Ch 12:3; 16:8
[10] aIs 19:4; 20:4 bPs 137:9; Is 13:16; Ho 13:16 cLm 2:19 dJol 3:3; Ob 11
[11] aIs 49:26; Jr 25:27; Na 1:10 bIs 2:10, 19; Ho 10:8
[12] ILit first fruits aRv 6:13 bIs 28:4
[13] aIs 19:16; Jr 50:37; 51:30 bIs 45:1, 2; Na 2:6
[14] a2Ch 32:3, 4 bNa 2:1
[15] aIs 66:15, 16; Na 2:13; 3:13 bJol 1:4
[16] II.e. strips vegetation; or molts aIs 23:8
[17] IOr officials aRv 9:7 bJr 51:27
[18] aPs 76:5, 6; Is 56:10; Jr 51:57 bJr 50:18 cNa 2:5 d1K 22:17; Is 13:14
[19] ILit your report aJr 46:11; Mi 1:9 bJr 30:12 cJb 27:23; Lm 2:15


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The miserable ruin of Nineveh.

1 ¶ Woe to the bloody city! it [is] all full of lies [and] robbery; the prey departeth not; 2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots. 3 The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and [there is] a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and [there is] none end of [their] corpses; they stumble upon their corpses: 4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts. 5 Behold, I [am] against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame. 6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock. 7 And it shall come to pass, [that] all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee? 8 Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, [that had] the waters round about it, whose rampart [was] the sea, [and] her wall [was] from the sea? 9 Ethiopia and Egypt [were] her strength, and [it was] infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers. 10 Yet [was] she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains. 11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy. 12 All 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. 13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee [are] women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars. 14 Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln. 15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts. 16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away. 17 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]. 18 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell [in the dust]: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth [them]. 19 [There is] no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

[1] Is 17:14; 24:9; 42:24; Ezk 22:2; 24:6; Ho 4:2; Na 2:12; Hab 2:12; Zp 3:1.
[2] Jg 5:22; Jb 39:22; Is 9:5; Jr 47:3; Na 2:3.
[3] Gn 3:24; Is 37:36; Ezk 31:3; 39:4; Na 2:4; Hab 3:11.
[4] Is 23:15; 47:9, 12; Rv 17:1; 18:2, 9, 23.
[5] Is 47:2; Jr 13:22, 26; Ezk 16:37; 23:25, 29; Mi 1:11; Na 2:13; Hab 2:16.
[6] 1K 9:7; Jb 9:31; 30:8, 19; Ps 38:5; Is 14:16; Jr 51:37; Lm 3:16; Na 1:14; Zp 2:15; Mal 2:2, 9; 1Co 4:9, 13; He 10:33; Jde 1:7.
[7] Nu 16:34; Is 51:19; Jr 15:5; 51:9, 41; Lm 2:13; Na 2:9; Rv 18:10, 16.
[8] Is 19:5; Jr 46:25; Ezk 30:14; 31:2; Am 6:2.
[9] Gn 10:6; 1Ch 1:8; Is 20:5; Jr 46:9; Ezk 27:10; 30:5; 38:5.
[10] 2K 8:12; Ps 33:16; 137:8; Is 13:6; 20:4; Lm 2:19; 4:1; Ho 13:16; Jol 3:3; Am 1:13; Ob 1:11.
[11] 1S 13:6; 14:11; Ps 75:8; Is 2:10, 19; 29:9; 49:26; 63:6; Jr 4:5; 8:14; 25:15; 51:57; Ho 10:8; Am 9:3; Mi 7:17; Na 1:10; 2:1; Lk 23:30; Rv 6:15.
[12] Hab 1:10; Rv 6:13.
[13] Ps 107:16; 147:13; Is 19:16; 45:1; Jr 50:37; 51:30; Na 2:6.
[14] 2Ch 32:3, 11; Is 8:9; 22:9; 37:25; Jr 46:3, 9; Jol 3:9; Na 2:1.
[15] Ex 10:13; Jol 1:4; 2:25; Na 2:13; 3:13; Zp 2:13.
[16] Gn 15:5; 22:17; Ne 9:23; Jr 33:22.
[17] Rv 9:7.
[18] Ex 15:16; 1K 22:17; Ps 76:5; Is 13:14; 47:1; 56:9; Jr 50:18; 51:39, 57; Ezk 31:3; 32:22; Na 2:6; Rv 6:15.
[19] Jb 27:23; Is 10:6; 14:8; 37:18; Jr 10:22; 30:13; 46:11; Lm 2:15; Ezk 25:6; 30:21; Mi 1:9; Na 2:11; Zp 2:13; Rv 13:7; 17:2; 18:2, 20.


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