Nahum 3:1-19

3  Woe to the city of bloodshed.*+ She is all full of deception [and] of robbery. Prey does not depart!  There is the sound of [the] whip+ and the sound of the rattling of [the] wheel, and the dashing horse and the leaping chariot.+  The mounted horseman, and the flame of [the] sword, and the lightning of [the] spear,+ and the multitude of slain ones, and the heavy mass of carcasses; and there is no end to the dead bodies. They keep stumbling among their dead bodies;  owing to the abundance of the acts of prostitution of the prostitute,+ attractive with charm, a mistress of sorceries, she who is ensnaring nations by her acts of prostitution and families by her sorceries.+  “Look! I am against you,”*+ is the utterance of Jehovah of armies,* “and I will put the covering of your skirts over your face, and I will cause nations to see your nakedness,+ and kingdoms your dishonor.  And I will throw disgusting things upon you,+ and I will make you despicable; and I will set you as a spectacle.+  And it must occur that everyone seeing you will flee away from you+ and will certainly say, ‘Ninʹe·veh has been despoiled! Who will sympathize with her?’ From where shall I seek comforters for you?  Are you better than No-aʹmon,+ that was sitting by the Nile canals?+ Waters were all around her, whose wealth was [the] sea, whose wall was from [the] sea.  E·thi·oʹpi·a* was her full might, also Egypt;+ and that without limit. Put and the Libʹy·ans* themselves proved to be of assistance to you.*+ 10  She, too, was meant for exile; she went into captivity.+ Her own children also came to be dashed to pieces at the head of all the streets;+ and over her glorified men they cast lots,+ and her great ones have all been bound with fetters.+ 11  “You yourself will also become drunk;+ you will become something hidden.+ You yourself also will seek a stronghold from [the] enemy.+ 12  All your fortified places are as fig trees with the first ripe fruits, which, if they get wiggled, will certainly fall into the mouth of an eater.+ 13  “Look! Your people are women in the midst of you.+ To your enemies the gates of your land must without fail be opened. Fire will certainly devour your bars.+ 14  Water for a siege draw out for yourself.+ Strengthen your fortified places.+ Get into the mire, and trample down in the clay; grab hold of [the] brick mold. 15  Even there fire will devour you. A sword will cut you off.+ It will devour you like the locust+ species.* Make yourself heavy in numbers like the locust species; make yourself heavy in numbers like the locust.* 16  You have multiplied your tradesmen more than the stars of the heavens.+ “As for the locust species,* it actually strips off its skin; then it flies away. 17  Your guardsmen are like the locust,* and your recruiting officers like the locust swarm.* They are camping in the stone pens in a cold day. The sun itself has but to shine forth, and away they certainly flee; and their place is really unknown where they are.+ 18  “Your shepherds have become drowsy,+ O king of As·syrʹi·a; your majestic ones stay in their residences.+ Your people have been scattered upon the mountains, and there is no one collecting [them] together.+ 19  There is no relief for your catastrophe. Your stroke has become unhealable.+ All those hearing the report about you will certainly clap their hands at you;+ because upon whom was it that your badness did not pass over constantly?”+


Lit., “bloods.”
“You,” fem. sing., referring to Nineveh.
“Jehovah of armies,” MTVg; LXX, “Jehovah God the Almighty.”
“Ethiopia,” LXXVg; MTSy, “Cush.”
“And the Libyans.” Heb., weLu·vimʹ.
“You,” MTVg; LXX, “her.”
Or, “like the creeping, unwinged locust.” Heb., kai·yaʹleq. See Joe 1:4 ftn.
Or, “like the locust crowd.” Heb., ka·ʼar·behʹ, the migratory, or desert, locust in the fully developed, winged stage.
“The locust species.” Or, “the creeping, unwinged locust.”
See vs 15 ftn, “Locust.”
“Locust swarm.” Heb., go·vaiʹ, used collectively; so called because of their swarming.