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3 Woe to the city of blood,v
full of plunder,
never without prey.w
and rumble of the wheel,
and jolting chariot!x
heaps of slain,
mounds of corpses,y
dead bodies without endz—
they stumble over their dead.
the attractive mistress of sorcery,
who treats nations and clans like merchandise
by her prostitution and sorcery,aa
5 I am against you.ab
This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.
I will lift your skirts over your face
and display your nakedness to nations,
your shame to kingdoms.ac
and treat you with contempt;ad
I will make a spectacle of you.
7 Then all who see you will recoil from you, saying,ae
who will show sympathy to her?”
Where can I find anyone to comfort you?
that sat along the Nile
with water surrounding her,
whose rampart was the sea,
Put and Libya were among herD allies.
she went into captivity.
Her children were also dashed to piecesb
at the head of every street.
They cast lots for her dignitaries,c
and all her nobles were bound in chains.
11 YouE also will become drunk;
you will hide.F
You also will seek refuge from the enemy.
with figs that ripened first;
when shaken, they fall—
right into the mouth of the eater!
your land’s city gates
are wide open to your enemies.
Fire will devour the bars of your gates.
strengthen your fortresses.
Step into the clay and tread the mortar;
take hold of the brick-mold!
the sword will cut you down.
It will devour you like the young locust.d
Multiply yourselves like the young locust;
multiply like the swarming locust!
16 You have made your merchantse
more numerous than the stars of the sky.
The young locust stripsG the land
and flies away.
and your scribes like clouds of locusts,
which settle on the walls on a cold day;
when the sun rises, they take off,
and no one knows where they are.
18 King of Assyria, your shepherds slumber;f
your officers sleep.
Your people are scattered across the mountainsg
with no one to gather them together.h
your wound is severe.i
All who hear the news about you
will clap their hands because of you,j
for who has not experienced
your constant cruelty?
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