Attack against Nineveh 2 1One who scatters is coming up against you. Man the fortifications! Watch the road! Brace[M] yourself! Summon all your strength! 2For the Lord will restore the majesty of Jacob, yes,[N] the majesty of Israel, though ravagers have ravaged them and ruined their vine branches. 3The shields of his[O] warriors are dyed red; the valiant men are dressed in scarlet. The fittings of the chariot flash like fire on the day of its battle preparations, and the spears are brandished. 4The chariots dash madly through the streets; they rush around in the plazas. They look like torches; they dart back and forth like lightning. 5He gives orders to his officers; they stumble as they advance. They race to its wall; the protective shield is set in place. 6The river gates are opened, and the palace erodes away. 7Beauty[P] is stripped,[Q] she is carried away; her ladies-in-waiting moan like the sound of doves, and beat their breasts. 8Nineveh has been like a pool of water from her first days,[R] but they are fleeing. “Stop! Stop!” they cry, but no one turns back. 9“Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold!” There is no end to the treasure, an abundance of every precious thing. 10Desolation, decimation, devastation! Hearts melt, knees tremble, loins shake, every face grows pale! 11Where is the lions’ lair, or the feeding ground of the young lions, where the lion and lioness prowled, and the lion’s cub, with nothing to frighten them away? 12The lion mauled whatever its cubs needed and strangled prey for its lionesses. It filled up its dens with the kill, and its lairs with mauled prey. 13Beware, I am against you. This is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. I will make your chariots go up in smoke[S] and the sword will devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the sound of your messengers will never be heard again.
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