The Bible in Its Traditions

Nahum 3:8–11

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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.