1He who dashes in pieces has come up against you. Keep the fortress!
Watch the way! Strengthen your waist! Fortify your power mightily!
Yahweh restores the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel; for the
destroyers have destroyed them, and ruined their vine branches.
shield of his mighty men is made red. The valiant men are in scarlet. The
chariots flash with steel in the day of his preparation, and the pine spears
4The chariots rage in the streets. They rush back and
forth in the broad ways. Their appearance is like torches. They run like the
5He summons his picked troops. They stumble on their way.
They dash to its wall, and the protective shield is put in place.
gates of the rivers are opened, and the palace is dissolved.
decreed: she is uncovered, she is carried away; and her handmaids moan as
with the voice of doves, beating on their breasts.
8But Nineveh has been
from of old like a pool of water, yet they flee away. “Stop! Stop!” they cry,
but no one looks back.
9Take the spoil of silver. Take the spoil of
gold, for there is no end of the store, the glory of all goodly furniture.
10She is empty, void, and waste. The heart melts, the knees knock
together, their bodies and faces have grown pale.
11Where is the den of
the lions, and the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion and the
lioness walked, the lion’s cubs, and no one made them afraid?
tore in pieces enough for his cubs, and strangled for his lionesses, and
filled his caves with the kill, and his dens with prey.
13“Behold, I am
against you,” says Yahweh of Armies, “and I will burn her chariots in the
smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions; and I will cut off your
prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers will no longer be