The sentence on Ninive. . The book of the vision of Nahum, the Elkosite.
1 God is zealous. The Lord is about to take vengeance:
2 the Lord is about to take vengeance with wrath: the Lord is about to take vengeance on his adversaries, and to destroy utterly his enemies, himself.
3 (a) The Lord is slo\v to anger, though his power is great; will not the Lord then acquit the innocent ? Is his way in destruction and whirlwind, when clouds are the dust of his feet?
4 When he rebuketh the sea he maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers. Bashan and Carmel are diminished and the bloom
(a) An objection, (b) The answer.
5 of Libanus languished!. At him the mountains quake and the hills tremble : at liis presence the earth is startled—the world
6 and all its inhabitants. At the presence of his wrath who can stand, or who can resist his fierce indignation? His wrath <lissolvcth governments, and by him the rocks are rent to pieces.—
7 (b) The Lord is kind to them who wait for him in a day of distress: and he knoweth them who reverence him.
8 When with a deluging march he maketh destruction ; them who raise themselves up and are his enemies, darkness shall pursue.
9 . What are you devising against the Lord"? He will make complete destruction, and not punish twice by distress for
10 the same thing. Because one shall be utterly destroyed, and
11 consumed like bindweed and dry stubble ; shall a reasoning against the Lord proceed from thee, O wicked city, devising
12 things in opposition ? Thus saith the Lord, With respect to the ruler of many "waters 1 they shall be so dispersed, that
13 what thou hearest shall be heard no more. I will now break
14 his sceptre from thee, and burst the bands asunder. Concerning thee the Lord will command, let none of thy name be sown any more. From the house of thy God I will root out the graven and molten images ; " I will make it a sepulchre for thee."
15 (p) Because yonder on the mountain are the swift feet of one bringing good news—even of one announcing peace; O Juda, solemnize thy festivals; pay thy vows; for they shall no more proceed to pass through thee for conflict. It is completely laid waste, entirely removed.
II. Into thy presence came up panting one who is delivered from affliction. Watch the way; strengthen thy loins; act man-
2 fully with all thy might, since the Lord hath averted contumely from Jacob, as he did reproach from Israel, since emptiers have emptied them out and destroyed their branches—the instruments of their tyranny from among men—their mighty men
3 insulting with fire. In the day of his preparation the reins of their chariots, and the horsemen will be disordered in their ranks;
4 and the chariots will justle together and be entangled with one another in the streets. The appearance of them is like flaming
torches and like streamy lightning. Their grandees will recollect and flee by day ; but they shall be weak in their march. ^Vhile they shall be hasting to her walls, and preparing their out guards; the gates of the cities are opened, and the palaces are fallen. And the empress herself is exposed to view; even she herself is gone up, and her maids are led along coo-
; ing plaintively like doves, in their hearts. As for Ninive, her Avaters are like a standing pool. They who fled away made
) no halt, nor was there one who looked back. They plundered the silver; they plundered the gold ; but of her furniture there was no end ; every one is loaded with her precious utensils.
3 What quaking and driving ! what groans and heart breaking! what feebleness of knees and pangs in every loin! what black -
1 ness, like that of a pot, on the countenance of all! where is the habitation of the lions, and the feeding places of the young lions ? Where had the old lions gone, that a young lion en-
2 tered and there was none to scare him ? The old lion had seized enough for his whelps, and had strangled for his lionesses, and had filled his hole with prey, and his den with ravin:
.3 behold I am against thee saith the Lord Almighty, and I will burn out thy multitude with smoke; and a sword shall devour thy lions : and I will cut off thy prey from the earth ; and of thy deeds nothing more shall be heard.
[II. O bloody city, wholly perfidious and full of lies ! shall
2 not thy prey be handled ? A sound of whips ! and the sound of the rumbling of wheels, and of the pursuing horse! and
3 bounding chariot! and of the cavalry advancing! and of the glittering sword and gleamy arms! and of the multitude of wounded ! and of the hideous crash ! Though there was no bound to her nations, they shall be weak of body by reason of great fornication.
4 O fair harlot and bewitching mistress of sorceries, who sellest nations by thy whoredom, and peoples by thy sorce-
5 ries ! behold I am against thee, saith the Lord God Almighty, and I will expose thy skirts to view; and shew nations thy
6 shame ; and kingdoms, thy dishonour : and cast abomination on thee according to thine impurities ; and make thee a pub- lick example, so that every one who seeth thee shall go down from thee,and say, Wretched Ninive! who can bemoan her9 Whence can I find comfort for her ?
8 Prepare a funeral cake! attune the lyre 1 prepare the funerd
cake of Ammon! she dwelt among rivers; water was around her.
9 The sea was her dominions, and water, her walls, and Ethiopia
and Egypt, her strength; and the end of her flight was not stop-
10 ped and the Lybians were her auxiliaries. Yet she is to go captive into banishment; and her infants shall be dashed to the ground at the head of all the streets; and for all her splendid treasures lots shall be cast; and all her grandees shall be bound
11 with fetters. And as for thee thou shalt be made drunk and be despised, and shalt seek for thyself a resting place from, ene-
12 mjes. All thy fortresses are like figs which have watchers;
13 when shaken they will fall into the mouth of the eater. Behold thy people in thee are like women ; the gates of diy land shall be opened wide to thine enemies ; a fire shall utterly detour
14 thy bars. Draw thee water for a siege, and fortify thy bulwarks. Go down into the clay, and let him be trampled whh
15 straw. Make it harder than any brick. There a fire shall devour thee ; a sword shall cut thee off. Like a locust h will devour dice; and like a brouchus locust thou shalt be afflicted
16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchandise, above die stars of hea-
17 ven ; the brouchus came rushing on, and is flown. Thy merchandise is swept away like the attelebos locust—like the small locust mounted on a hedge, in a cold day: the sun broke out and they are swept away, and their place is not known.
18 Alas for them! diy shepherds slumbered; an Assyrian king lulled to sleep thy mighty men: thy people fled to the raoun-
19 tains and diere was none to rally them. There is no cure for thy bruise. Thy wound is festered. All that hear the news of thee will clap their hands at thee. For upon whom hath no; thy wickedness come continually?