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Nahum Chapter 3 | Parsha:

1Ah, city of crime,
Utterly treacherous,
Full of violence,
Where killing never stops!

2Crack of whip
And rattle of wheel,
Galloping steed
And bounding chariot!

3Charging horsemen,
Flashing swords,
And glittering spears!
Hosts of slain
And heaps of corpses,
Dead bodies without number—
They stumble over bodies.

4Because of the countless harlotries of the harlot,
The winsome mistress of sorcery,
Who ensnared nations with her harlotries
And peoples with her sorcery,

5I am going to deal with you
—declares the Lord of Hosts.
I will lift up your skirts over your face
And display your nakedness to the nations
And your shame to kingdoms.

6I will throw loathsome things over you
And disfigure you
And make a spectacle of you.

7All who see you will recoil from you
And will say,
“Nineveh has been ravaged!”
Who will console her?
Where shall I look for
Anyone to comfort you?

8Were you any better than No-amon,
Which sat by the Nile,
Surrounded by water—
Its rampart a river,
Its wall consisting of sea?

9Populous Nubia
And teeming Egypt,
Put and the Libyans—
They were her helpers.

10Yet even she was exiled,
She went into captivity.
Her babes, too, were dashed in pieces
At every street corner.
Lots were cast for her honored men,
And all her nobles were bound in chains.

11You too shall be drunk
And utterly overcome;
You too shall seek
A refuge from the enemy.

12All your forts are fig trees
With ripe fruit;
If shaken they will fall
Into the mouths of devourers.

13Truly, the troops within you are women;
The gates of your land have opened themselves
To your enemies;
Fire has consumed your gate bars.

14Draw water for the siege,
Strengthen your forts;
Tread the clay,
Trample the mud,
Grasp the brick mold!

15There fire will devour you,
The sword will put an end to you;
It will devour you like the grub.
Multiply like grubs,
Multiply like locusts!

16You had more traders
Than the sky has stars—
The grubs cast their skins and fly away.

17Your guards were like locusts,
Your marshals like piles of hoppers
Which settle on the stone fences
On a chilly day;
When the sun comes out, they fly away,
And where they are nobody knows.

18Your shepherds are slumbering,
O king of Assyria;
Your sheepmasters are lying inert;
Your people are scattered over the hills,
And there is none to gather them.

19There is no healing for your injury;
Your wound is grievous.
All who hear the news about you
Clap their hands over you.
For who has not suffered
From your constant malice?

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