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Woe to Nineveh

3 Woe to the city of blood,k

full of lies,l

full of plunder,

never without victims!

The crack of whips,

the clatter of wheels,

galloping horses

and jolting chariots!

Charging cavalry,

flashing swords

and glittering spears!

Many casualties,

piles of dead,

bodies without number,

people stumbling over the corpsesm

all because of the wanton lust of a prostitute,

alluring, the mistress of sorceries,n

who enslaved nations by her prostitutiono

and peoples by her witchcraft.

“I am againstp you,” declares the Lord Almighty.

“I will lift your skirtsq over your face.

I will show the nations your nakednessr

and the kingdoms your shame.

I will pelt you with filth,s

I will treat you with contemptt

and make you a spectacle.u

All who see you will fleev from you and say,

‘Ninevehw is in ruinsx—who will mourn for her?’y

Where can I find anyone to comfortz you?”

Are you better thana Thebes,b

situated on the Nile,c

with water around her?

The river was her defense,

the waters her wall.

Cusha d and Egypt were her boundless strength;

Pute and Libyaf were among her allies.

10 Yet she was taken captiveg

and went into exile.

Her infants were dashedh to pieces

at every street corner.

Lotsi were cast for her nobles,

and all her great men were put in chains.j

11 You too will become drunk;k

you will go into hidingl

and seek refuge from the enemy.

12 All your fortresses are like fig trees

with their first ripe fruit;m

when they are shaken,

the figsn fall into the mouth of the eater.

13 Look at your troops—

they are all weaklings.o

The gatesp of your land

are wide open to your enemies;

fire has consumed the bars of your gates.q

14 Draw water for the siege,r

strengthen your defenses!s

Work the clay,

tread the mortar,

repair the brickwork!

15 There the firet will consume you;

the swordu will cut you down—

they will devour you like a swarm of locusts.

Multiply like grasshoppers,

multiply like locusts!v

16 You have increased the number of your merchants

till they are more numerous than the stars in the sky,

but like locustsw they strip the land

and then fly away.

17 Your guards are like locusts,x

your officials like swarms of locusts

that settle in the walls on a cold day—

but when the sun appears they fly away,

and no one knows where.

18 King of Assyria, your shepherdsb slumber;y

your nobles lie down to rest.z

Your people are scattereda on the mountains

with no one to gather them.

19 Nothing can heal you;b

your wound is fatal.

All who hear the news about you

clap their handsc at your fall,

for who has not felt

your endless cruelty?d


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