Nachum 2

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Nachum (Book of Nahum), Chapter 2

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'2 A maul is come up before thy face; guard the defences, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily!--

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'3 For HaShem restoreth the pride of Jacob, as the pride of Israel; for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine-branches.--

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'4 The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet; the chariots are fire of steel in the day of his preparation, and the cypress spears are made to quiver.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'5 The chariots rush madly in the streets, they jostle one against another in the broad places; the appearance of them is like torches, they run to and fro like the lightnings.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'6 He bethinketh himself of his worthies; they stumble in their march; they make haste to the wall thereof, and the mantelet is prepared.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'7 The gates of the rivers are opened, and the palace is dissolved.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'8 And the queen is uncovered, she is carried away, and her handmaids moan as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'9 But Nineveh hath been from of old like a pool of water; yet they flee away; 'Stand, stand'; but none looketh back.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'10 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold; for there is no end of the store, rich with all precious vessels.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'11 She is empty, and void, and waste; and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and convulsion is in all loins, and the faces of them all have gathered blackness.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'12 Where is the den of the lions, which was the feeding-place of the young lions, where the lion and the lioness walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid?

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'13 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his caves with prey, and his dens with ravin.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'14 Behold, I am against thee, saith HaShem of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions; and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

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Portions © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant. Portions © 1998 by Larry Nelson.