Naum 2

1 He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make {thy} loins strong, fortify {thy} power mightily. {He...: or, The disperser, or, hammer}

2 For the LORD hath turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches. {the excellency of Jacob...: or, the pride of Jacob as the pride, etc}

3 The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men {are} in scarlet: the chariots {shall be} with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken. {in scarlet: or, dyed scarlet} {flaming: or, fiery}

4 The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings. {they: Heb. their show}

5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared. {worthies: or, gallants} {defence: Heb. covering, or, coverer}

6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved. {dissolved: or, molten}

7 And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead {her} as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts. {Huzzab: or, that which was established, or, there was a stand made} {led...: or, discovered}

8 But Nineveh {is} of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, {shall they cry}; but none shall look back. {of old: or, from the days that she hath been} {look back: or, cause them to turn}

9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for {there is} none end of the store {and} glory out of all the pleasant furniture. {for...: or, and their infinite store, etc} {pleasant...: Heb. vessels of desire}

10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain {is} in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.

11 Where {is} the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, {even} the old lion, walked, {and} the lion's whelp, and none made {them} afraid?

12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.

13 Behold, I {am} against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.