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One who scatters is coming up against you.v

Man the fortifications!

Watch the road!

BraceA yourself!

Summon all your strength!a

For the Lord will restore the majesty of Jacob,b

yes,B the majesty of Israel,

though ravagers have ravaged themc

and ruined their vine branches.d

The shields of hisC warriors are dyed red;

the valiant men are dressed in scarlet.e

The fittings of the chariot flash like firef

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.

The river gates are opened,

and the palace erodes away.g

BeautyD is stripped;E

she is carried away;

her ladies-in-waiting moan

like the sound of dovesh

and beat their breasts.i

Nineveh has been like a pool of water

from her first days,E

but they are fleeing.

“Stop! Stop!” they cry,

but no one turns back.

“Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold!”j

There is no end to the treasure,

an abundance of every precious thing.k

10 Desolation, decimation, devastation!

Hearts melt,l

knees tremble,m

insides churn,n

every face grows pale!o

11 Where is the lions’ lair,p

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?q

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.r

13 Beware, I am against you.s

This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.

I will make your chariots go up in smoke,F

and the sword will devour your young lions.t

I will cut off your prey from the earth,

and the sound of your messengers

will never be heard again.u


About Christian Standard Bible

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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