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Attack against Nineveh

2 One who scatters is coming up against you. h

Man the fortifications!

Watch the road!

Brace i yourself!

Summon all your strength! j

For the Lord will restore the majesty of Jacob, k

yes, l the majesty of Israel,

though ravagers have ravaged them m

and ruined their vine branches. n

The shields of his o warriors are dyed red;

the valiant men are dressed in scarlet. p

The fittings of the chariot flash like fire q

on the day of its battle preparations,

and the spears are brandished.

The chariots dash madly through the streets;

they rush around in the plazas.

They look like torches;

they dart back and forth like lightning.

He gives orders to his officers;

they stumble as they advance.

They race to its wall;

the protective shield is set in place.

6 The river gates are opened,

and the palace erodes away. r

Beauty s is stripped, t

she is carried away;

her ladies-in-waiting moan

like the sound of doves, u

and beat their breasts. v

Nineveh has been like a pool of water

from her first days, w

but they are fleeing.

“Stop! Stop!” they cry,

but no one turns back.

“Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold!” x

There is no end to the treasure,

an abundance of every precious thing. y

10 Desolation, decimation, devastation!

Hearts melt, z

knees tremble, a

loins shake, b

every face grows pale! c

11 Where is the lions’ lair, d

or the feeding ground of the young lions,

where the lion and lioness prowled,

and the lion’s cub,

with nothing to frighten them away? e

12 The lion mauled whatever its cubs needed

and strangled prey for its lionesses.

It filled up its dens with the kill,

and its lairs with mauled prey. f

13 Beware, I am against you. g

This is the declaration of the Lord of * Hosts.

I will make your chariots go up in smoke h

and the sword will devour your young lions. i

I will cut off your prey from the earth,

and the sound of your messengers

will never be heard again. j


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The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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