Nahum 3

English Standard Version

Woe to the bloody city, all full of lies and plunder— no end to the prey! (Eze 24:9; Na 2:12; Hab 2:12) The crack of the whip, and rumble of the wheel, galloping horse and bounding chariot! (Jud 5:22; Joe 2:5; Na 2:4) Horsemen charging, flashing sword and glittering spear, hosts of slain, heaps of corpses, dead bodies without end— they stumble over the bodies! (2Ki 19:35; Hab 3:11) And all for the countless whorings of the prostitute, graceful and of deadly charms, who betrays nations with her whorings, and peoples with her charms. (Isa 47:9; Isa 47:12; Re 17:2; Re 18:3) Behold, I am against you, declares the Lord of hosts, and will lift up your skirts over your face; and I will make nations look at your nakedness and kingdoms at your shame. (Isa 3:17; Isa 47:3; Jer 13:22; Jer 13:26; Na 2:13; Hab 2:16) I will throw filth at you and treat you with contempt and make you a spectacle. (Na 1:14; Mal 2:9; 1Co 4:9; Heb 10:33) And all who look at you will shrink from you and say, “Wasted is Nineveh; who will grieve for her?” Where shall I seek comforters for you? (Isa 51:19; Jer 15:5; Jer 51:9; La 1:2; La 1:9; La 1:16; La 1:21; Na 1:1; Zep 2:13; Re 18:10) Are you better than Thebes[1] that sat by the Nile, with water around her, her rampart a sea, and water her wall? (Jer 46:25; Eze 29:3; Am 6:2) Cush was her strength; Egypt too, and that without limit; Put and the Libyans were her[2] helpers. (Ge 10:6; 2Ch 12:3; Da 11:43) 10 Yet she became an exile; she went into captivity; her infants were dashed in pieces at the head of every street; for her honored men lots were cast, and all her great men were bound in chains. (Ps 149:8; Isa 13:16; Isa 20:4; Joe 3:3; Ob 1:11) 11 You also will be drunken; you will go into hiding; you will seek a refuge from the enemy. (Ps 75:8; Isa 51:17; Jer 4:5; Jer 25:17; Jer 25:27; Ob 1:16) 12 All your fortresses are like fig trees with first-ripe figs— if shaken they fall into the mouth of the eater. (Re 6:13) 13 Behold, your troops are women in your midst. The gates of your land are wide open to your enemies; fire has devoured your bars. (Isa 19:16; Jer 51:30) 14 Draw water for the siege; strengthen your forts; go into the clay; tread the mortar; take hold of the brick mold! (Isa 22:11; Na 3:11) 15 There will the fire devour you; the sword will cut you off. It will devour you like the locust. Multiply yourselves like the locust; multiply like the grasshopper! (Joe 1:4; Joe 1:6; Joe 2:3) 16 You increased your merchants more than the stars of the heavens. The locust spreads its wings and flies away. (Eze 27:23; Na 3:15) 17 Your princes are like grasshoppers, your scribes[3] like clouds of locusts settling on the fences in a day of cold— when the sun rises, they fly away; no one knows where they are. (Isa 10:8; Jer 51:27; Na 3:15) 18 Your shepherds are asleep, O king of Assyria; your nobles slumber. Your people are scattered on the mountains with none to gather them. (1Ki 22:17; Ps 76:5; Na 2:5) 19 There is no easing your hurt; your wound is grievous. All who hear the news about you clap their hands over you. For upon whom has not come your unceasing evil? (Isa 37:18; Jer 10:19; La 2:15; Mic 1:9; Zep 2:15)