Naum 3

1 Woe to the bloody city! it [is] all full of lies [and] robbery; stealing does not depart [from her]!

2 The noise of [the] whip and the noise of the rattling of the wheels and of the prancing horses and of the jumping chariots [shall be heard in thee].

3 The horseman lifts up both the bright sword and the glittering spear, and [there is] a multitude of slain and a great number of carcasses; and [there] shall be no end of [their] corpses; they stumble upon their corpses,

4 because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the harlot of beautiful grace, the mistress of witchcrafts that sells the Gentiles [into slavery] through her whoredoms and peoples through her witchcrafts.

5 Here I [am] against thee, saith the LORD of the hosts, and I will uncover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will show the Gentiles thy nakedness and the kingdoms thy shame.

6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee and make thee vile and will set thee as dung.

7 And it shall come to pass, [that] all those that look upon thee shall flee from thee and say, Nineveh is laid waste; who will bemoan her? from where shall I seek comforters for thee?

8 Art thou better than populous No that was situated among the rivers, [that had] the waters round about it, whose rampart [was] the sea, [and] her wall [was] from the sea?

9 Ethiopia was thy strength and Egypt with no limit; Put and Libia went to thy aid.

10 Yet she [was] carried away, she went into captivity; her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her nobles were bound in chains.

11 Thou also shalt be drunken; thou shalt be encompassed; thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

12 All thy strongholds [are like] fig trees with the firstripe figs; if they are shaken, they even fall into the mouth of the eater.

13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee [shall be like] women; the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies; the fire shall devour thy bars.

14 Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the mortar, make strong the brickkiln.

15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off; it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.

16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven; the cankerworm spoils and flies away.

17 Thy princes [shall be] as the locusts and thy captains as the great grasshoppers which camp in the hedges in the cold day, [but] when the sun arises, they flee away, and it is not known where they were.

18 Thy shepherds have slumbered, O king of Assyria; thy valiant ones are at rest; thy people scattered themselves upon the mountains, and there is no one to unite [them].

19 [There is] no cure for thy destruction; thy wound is grievous; all that hear thy story shall clap their hands over thee; for upon whom has not thy wickedness passed continually?: