2 The Lord is a jealousd and avenging God;
the Lord takes vengeancee and is filled with wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance on his foes
and vents his wrath against his enemies.f
3 The Lord is slow to angerg but great in power;
the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.h
and cloudsk are the dust of his feet.
he makes all the rivers run dry.
Bashan and Carmeln wither
and the blossoms of Lebanon fade.
5 The mountains quakeo before him
and the hills melt away.p
The earth tremblesq at his presence,
the world and all who live in it.r
6 Who can withstands his indignation?
His wrath is poured out like fire;v
the rocks are shatteredw before him.
7 The Lord is good,x
a refuge in times of trouble.y
8 but with an overwhelming floodb
he will make an end of Nineveh;
he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness.
9 Whatever they plotc against the Lord
he will bringa to an end;
trouble will not come a second time.
10 They will be entangled among thornsd
and drunke from their wine;
who plots evil against the Lord
and devises wicked plans.
“Although they have allies and are numerous,
they will be destroyedg and pass away.
Although I have afflicted you, Judah,
I will afflict you no more.h
13 Now I will break their yokei from your neck
and tear your shackles away.”j
“You will have no descendants to bear your name.k
I will destroy the imagesl and idols
that are in the temple of your gods.
I will prepare your grave,m
for you are vile.”
the feet of one who brings good news,n
who proclaims peace!o
Celebrate your festivals,p Judah,
and fulfill your vows.
No more will the wicked invade you;q
they will be completely destroyed.c
Guard the fortress,
watch the road,
marshal all your strength!
like the splendor of Israel,
though destroyers have laid them waste
and have ruined their vines.
the warriors are clad in scarlet.u
The metal on the chariots flashes
on the day they are made ready;
the spears of juniper are brandished.b
4 The chariotsv storm through the streets,
rushing back and forth through the squares.
They look like flaming torches;
they dart about like lightning.
yet they stumblew on their way.
They dash to the city wall;
the protective shield is put in place.
6 The river gatesx are thrown open
and the palace collapses.
7 It is decreedc that Nineveh
be exiled and carried away.
Her female slaves moany like doves
and beat on their breasts.z
whose water is draining away.
“Stop! Stop!” they cry,
but no one turns back.
Plunder the gold!
The supply is endless,
the wealth from all its treasures!
Hearts melt,a knees give way,
bodies tremble, every face grows pale.b
11 Where now is the lions’ den,c
the place where they fed their young,
where the lion and lioness went,
and the cubs, with nothing to fear?
12 The lion killedd enough for his cubs
and strangled the prey for his mate,
filling his lairse with the kill
and his dens with the prey.f
13 “I am againstg you,”
declares the Lord Almighty.
“I will burn up your chariots in smoke,h
and the swordi will devour your young lions.
I will leave you no prey on the earth.
The voices of your messengers
will no longer be heard.”j
Or What do you foes plot against the Lord? / He will bring it
The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
Hebrew; Septuagint and Syriac ready; / the horsemen rush to and fro.
The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.