The Bible in Its Traditions

Nahum 3:1–19

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Woe to the bloody city! It is all full of lies and rapine; the prey departeth not.

O city of blood, wholly false, full of unrighteousness; the prey shall not be handled.

Woe to the city of blood, filled with all manner of lies and violence. Crime shall not depart from you

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Hark! the whip, and hark! the rattling of the wheels; and prancing horses, and bounding chariots;

The noise of whips, and the noise of the rumbling of wheels, and of the pursuing horse, and of the bounding chariot,

the voice of the whip, and the voice of the turning wheels, and of the neighing horse, and the burning chariot, and the horsemen who ride,

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The horseman charging, and the flashing sword, and the glittering spear; and a multitude of slain, and a heap of carcases; and there is no end of the corpses, and they stumble upon their corpses;

and of the mounting rider, and of the glittering sword, and of the gleaming arms, and of a multitude of slain, and of heavy falling: and there was no end to her nations, but they shall be weak in their bodies

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Because of the multitude of the harlotries of the well-favoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her harlotries, and families through her witchcrafts.

because of the abundance of fornication: she is a fair harlot, and well-favoured, skilled in sorcery, that sells the nations by her fornication, and peoples by her sorceries.

Because of the multitude of fornications of the kept woman, beautiful and pleasing and practicing evil deeds, who sold nations by her fornications, and families by her evil doing

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Behold, I am against thee, saith YHWH of hosts, and I will uncover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

behold, I will come to you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will reveal your shame to your face, and I will show your nakedness to the Gentiles, and your disgrace to kingdoms.

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And I will cast detestable things upon thee, and make thee vile, and will make thee as dung.

And I will cast abominable filth upon thee according to thine unclean ways, and will make thee a public example.

And I will cast filth upon you and disgrace you, and will make you a spectacle,

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And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say: 'Nineveh is laid waste; who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?'

And this shall be: everyone who sees you, will recoil from you, and he will say: “Nineveh has been devastated.” Who will shake his head over you? Where might I seek consolation for you?

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Art thou better than No-amon, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about her; whose rampart was the sea, and of the sea her wall?

Prepare thee a portion, tune the chord, prepare a portion for Ammon: she that dwells among the rivers, water is round about her, whose dominion is the sea, and whose walls are water.

Are you better than the populous Alexandria, which dwells along the rivers? Waters encircle it: the sea, with its riches. The waters are its walls.

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Ethiopia and Egypt were thy strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.

And Ethiopia is her strength, and Egypt; and there was no limit of the flight of her enemies; and the Libyans became her helpers.

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10  Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity; her young children also were dashed in pieces at the head of all the streets; and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

10  Yet she shall go as a prisoner into captivity, and they shall dash her infants against the ground at the top of all her ways: and they shall cast lots upon all her glorious possessions, and all her nobles shall be bound in chains.

10  Nevertheless, she has been led away with the transmigration into captivity. Her little ones have been dashed in pieces at the top of every street, and they have cast lots over her celebrities, and all her elite have been fastened together in shackles.

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11  Thou also shalt be drunken, thou shalt swoon; thou also shalt seek a refuge because of the enemy.

11  Therefore, you also will become inebriated, and you will be despised, and you will seek help from the opposition.

11  You also shall be grieved and you shall be despised; you also shall seek help because of your enemies.

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12  All thy fortresses shall be like fig-trees with the first-ripe figs: if they be shaken, they fall into the mouth of the eater.

12  All thy strong-holds are as fig-trees having watchers: if they be shaken, they shall fall into the mouth of the eater.

12  All your fortresses will be like fig trees with their green figs. If they are shaken violently, they will fall into the mouth of the one who devours.

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13  Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women; the gates of thy land are set wide open unto thine enemies; the fire hath devoured thy bars.

13  Behold, women are at the center of your people. The gates of your land will be opened wide for your enemies; fire will devour your bars.

13  Behold, your people in the midst of you are cowards; they will open the gates of your land to your enemies; the fire shall devour your bars.

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14  Draw thee water for the siege, strengthen thy fortresses; go into the clay, and tread the mortar, lay hold of the brickmould.

14  Draw in water because of the blockade; build up your fortresses. Go into the clay and tread; work it to make brick.

15  There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall devour thee like the canker-worm; make thyself many as the canker-worm, make thyself many as the locusts.

15  There, fire will devour you. You will perish by the sword; it will devour you like the beetle. Gather together like the beetle. Multiply like the locust.

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16  Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven; the canker-worm spreadeth itself, and flieth away.

16  You have made more negotiations than there are stars in the sky. The beetle has spread out and flown away.

16  You have multiplied your merchants more than the stars of the heaven; the young locust swarms and flies away.

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17  Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy marshals as the swarms of grasshoppers, which camp in the walls in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

17  Thy mixed multitude has suddenly departed as the grasshopper, as the locust perched on a hedge in a frosty day; the sun arises, and it flies off, and knows not its place: woe to them!

17  Your guardians are like locusts, and your little ones are like locusts among locusts, which alight on hedges on a cold day. The sun rose up, and they flew away, and there was no way to know the place where they had been.

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18  Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria, thy worthies are at rest; thy people are scattered upon the mountains, and there is none to gather them.

18  Your shepherds have become drowsy, king Assur. Your princes will be buried. Your people have remained hidden in the mountains, and there is no one to gather them.

18  Your friends slumber, O king of Assyria; your allies have deserted; your people are scattered on the mountains, and they have none to gather them.

19  There is no assuaging of thy hurt, thy wound is grievous; all that hear the report of thee clap the hands over thee; for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

19  Your destruction is not hidden; your wound is grievous. All who have heard of your fame have clenched their hands over you, because over whom has your wickedness not trampled continually?

19  There is no one to grieve over your wound; your wound is painful; all who hear the news of you clap their hands over you; for your wickedness has gone forth against every man continually.