GOD’S WORD Translation
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The one who will scatter you is coming to attack you. 

Guard your fortress! 

Keep a lookout on the road! 

Prepare for battle! 

Be very courageous! 

The Lord will restore Jacob’s glory like Israel’s glory, 

although enemies have looted it 

and have destroyed its vines. 

The shields of his warriors are painted red. 

His soldiers have red uniforms. 

The metal on his chariots flashes fiery red, 

so do the spears when they are waved 

on the day he prepares for battle. 

Chariots are racing madly through the streets, 

rushing this way and that in the city squares. 

They look like torches, like lightning, as they dart about. 

He remembers his best fighting men. 

They stumble over themselves as they march. 

They hurry to Nineveh’s wall. 

The shield has been set up for the battering ram. 

The gates of the rivers are opened, and the palace melts away. 

Nineveh’s Treasures Will Be Taken

The Lord has determined: 

“It will be stripped. 

It will be carried away. 

Its young women will be mourning like doves 

as they beat their breasts.” 

Nineveh was like a pool of water from its first day on. 

But now its people are fleeing. 

“Stop! Stop!” 

But no one turns around. 

Steal the silver! Steal the gold! 

There is no end to what is stored here— 

everything a person could ever want. 

10  Nineveh is destroyed, deserted, demolished. 

Hearts are melting. 

Knees are knocking. 

Every stomach becomes upset. 

Every face turns pale. 

Nineveh Will Be Destroyed

11  Where is the lions’ den, 

that feeding place for young lions? 

Where are the lion, the lioness, and the lion cub who moved about 

with no one to terrify them? 

12  The lion tore its prey to pieces to feed its cubs. 

It strangled ⸤the prey⸥ for its mates. 

It used to fill its caves with torn carcasse

and its dens with torn flesh. 

13  “I am against you, Nineveh,” declares the Lord of Armies. 

“I will send your chariots up in smoke, 

and a sword will kill your young lions. 

I will remove your prey from the earth, 

and no one will ever hear the voice of your messengers again.” 


About GOD’S WORD Translation

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) communicates the saving, life-changing Good News about Jesus in clear, natural English. Translated directly from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek by a committee of scholars, GOD’S WORD is an exceptional Bible that consciously combines scholarly fidelity with natural English.

By implementing the translation principles of Closest Natural Equivalence, the translation committee seeks to translate the best available texts into English with the closest possible accuracy. This commitment to accurately translating the Bible includes expressing the meaning naturally and in a style that preserves the characteristics of the source text.

The combination of accuracy and readability makes GOD’S WORD ideally suited for the following:

Devotional reading and in-depth study

Preaching, teaching, and worship




Scripture references from GOD’S WORD are used by permission. Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. All rights reserved.

Up to 500 verses from GOD’S WORD may be quoted in any form (printed, written, visual, electronic, or audio) without written permission, provided that no more than half of any one book is quoted, and the verses quoted do not amount to more than 25% of the text of the work in which they are quoted.

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For quotation of over 500 verses and/or questions about these policies, contact God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society, P.O. Box 26343, Cleveland, Ohio 44126-0343, U.S.A.

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