Nahum 2

1An enemy is coming to attack you. So guard the strong places of your city. Watch the road. Get ready for war. Prepare for battle! 2Yes, the Lord changed Jacob’s pride. He made it like Israel’s pride. ˻The enemy˼ destroyed them and ruined their grapevines. 3The shields of those soldiers are red. Their uniforms are bright red. Their chariots are lined up for battle, and shining like flames of fire. And their horses are ready to go. 4The chariots race wildly through the streets. They rush back and forth through the square. They look like burning torches, like lightning flashing from place to place! 5˻The enemy˼ calls for his best soldiers. They stumble as they rush ahead. They run to the wall and set up their shield ˻over the battering ram˼. 6But the gates by the rivers are open, and the enemy comes flooding in and destroys the king’s house. 7The enemy takes away the queen. And her slave girls moan sadly like doves. They beat their breasts ˻to show their sadness˼. 8Nineveh is like a pool whose water is draining away. People yell, ”Stop! Stop running away!” But it doesn’t do any good! 9˻You soldiers that are destroying Nineveh˼, take the silver! Take the gold! There are many things to take. There are many treasures! 10Now ˻Nineveh˼ is empty Everything is stolen. The city is ruined! People have lost their courage, their hearts are melting with fear, their knees are knocking together, their bodies are shaking, their faces become pale from fear. 11Where is the lion’s cave ˻(Nineveh)˼ now? The male and female lions lived there. Their babies were not afraid. 12The lion ˻(king of Nineveh)˼ killed people to feed his cubs and lionesses. He filled his cave ˻(Nineveh)˼ with men’s bodies. He filled his cave with women he had killed. 13The Lord All-Powerful says, ”I am against you, ˻Nineveh˼! I will burn your chariots. I will kill your 'young lions’ in battle. You will not hunt anyone on earth again. People will never again hear bad news from your messengers.”

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