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The Destruction of the Wicked City

2 A shatterera has come up against you.

Guard the ramparts;

watch the road;

gird your loins;

collect all your strength.

2 (For the Lord is restoring the majesty of Jacob,

as well as the majesty of Israel,

though ravagers have ravaged them

and ruined their branches.)

3 The shields of his warriors are red;

his soldiers are clothed in crimson.

The metal on the chariots flashes

on the day when he musters them;

the chargersb prance.

4 The chariots race madly through the streets,

they rush to and fro through the squares;

their appearance is like torches,

they dart like lightning.

5 He calls his officers;

they stumble as they come forward;

they hasten to the wall,

and the manteletc is set up.

6 The river gates are opened,

the palace trembles.

7 It is decreedd that the citye be exiled,

its slave women led away,

moaning like doves

and beating their breasts.

8 Nineveh is like a pool

whose watersf run away.

“Halt! Halt!”—

but no one turns back.

9 “Plunder the silver,

plunder the gold!

There is no end of treasure!

An abundance of every precious thing!”

10 Devastation, desolation, and destruction!

Hearts faint and knees tremble,

all loins quake,

all faces grow pale!

11 What became of the lions’ den,

the caveg of the young lions,

where the lion goes,

and the lion’s cubs, with no one to disturb them?

12 The lion has torn enough for his whelps

and strangled prey for his lionesses;

he has filled his caves with prey

and his dens with torn flesh.

13 See, I am against you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will burn yourh chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions; I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall be heard no more.


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The original Revised Standard Version served as a standard for nearly forty years. The New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha maintains the traditions of the older version with fresh new vocabulary and modern English construction.


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