Nahum 2

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1 2 He who scatters has come·​·up before thy face. Preserve the siege, watch the way, make·​·firm thy loins, encourage thy power exceedingly.

2 3 For Jehovah has turned·​·back the pride of Jacob, as the pride of Israel; for they who exhaust have exhausted them, and destroyed their sprigs.

3 4 The shield of his heroes* is made red, the men of valor are made scarlet; in the fire of torches is the chariot, in the day of his preparation, and the fir·​·trees shall be·​·in·​·trepidation.

4 5 The chariots shall rave in the streets; they shall jostle against each other in the avenues; their appearance shall be as torches; they shall run as the lightnings.

5 6 He shall remember his magnificent ones; they shall stumble in their walking; they shall make·​·haste to her wall, and the shelter shall be prepared.

6 7 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.

7 8 And Huzzab shall be exiled, she shall be brought·​·up, and her maidservants shall direct her as the voice of doves, playing·​·on·​·timbrels on their hearts.

8 9 But Nineveh was as a pool of water from the days that she was; but now they shall flee. Stand, Stand, they cry, but none shall turn· their ·face.

9 10 Plunder silver, Plunder gold; and there is no end to the dimension of glory from all the vessels of desire.

10 11 She exhausts, and is·​·exhausted, and emptied·​·out; and the heart melts, and there is staggering at the knees, and travailing in all the loins, and the faces of all of them bring·​·together a blackening.

11 12 Where is the abode of the lions, and the feeding·​·place—it was for the young·​·lions—where the lion, the old·​·lion walked, and the whelp of a lion, and none frightened them?

12 13 The lion tore enough for his whelps, and strangled for his old·​·lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his abodes with what is torn.

13 14 Behold, I am against thee, says Jehovah of Armies, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall eat·​·up thy young·​·lions; and I will cut·​·off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall not be heard any·​·more.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.