The Bible in Its Traditions

Nahum 3:12–15

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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.