Nahum Chapter 2 |
1Behold on the hills
The footsteps of a herald
Announcing good fortune!
“Celebrate your festivals, O Judah,
Fulfill your vows.
Never again shall scoundrels invade you,
They have totally vanished.”
2A shatterer has come up against you.
Man the guard posts,
Watch the road;
Steady your loins,
Brace all your strength!
3For the Lord has restored the Pride of Jacob
As well as the Pride of Israel,
Though marauders have laid them waste
And ravaged their branches.
4His warriors’ shields are painted red,
And the soldiers are clothed in crimson;
The chariots are like flaming torches,
On the day they are made ready.
The [arrows of] cypress wood are poisoned,
5The chariots dash about frenzied in the fields,
They rush through the meadows.
They appear like torches,
They race like streaks of lightning.
6He commands his burly men;
They stumble as they advance,
They hasten up to her wall,
Where wheeled shelters are set up.
7The floodgates are opened,
And the palace is deluged.
8And Huzzab is exiled and carried away,
While her handmaidens escort [her]
As with the voices of doves,
Beating their breasts.
9Nineveh has been like a [placid] pool of water
From earliest times;
Now they flee.
But none can turn them back.
10“Plunder silver! Plunder gold!”
There is no limit to the treasure;
It is a hoard of all precious objects.
11Desolation, devastation, and destruction!
All loins tremble,
All faces turn ashen.
12What has become of that lions’ den,
That pasture of great beasts,
Where lion and lion’s breed walked,
And lion’s cub—with none to disturb them?
13[Where is] the lion that tore victims for his cubs
And strangled for his lionesses,
And filled his lairs with prey
And his dens with mangled flesh?
14I am going to deal with you
—declares the Lord of Hosts:
I will burn down her chariots in smoke,
And the sword shall devour your great beasts;
I will stamp out your killings from the earth,
And the sound of your messengers
Shall be heard no more.