Naum 2

1 The scattering one is coming up against your face. Guard the rampart. Watch the way, make your loins strong, firm up [your] power mightily.

2 For the LORD has turned away the glory of Jacob, as the glory of Israel. For the plunderers have plundered them, and have destroyed their vine branches.

3 The shield of his mighty ones has become red; the mighty men [are] in scarlet; the chariots flame like iron torches in the day of his preparation. And the cypresses are made to quiver.

4 The chariots race madly in the streets; they shall run to and fro in the open squares. Their appearance [is] like torches; they dart about like lightnings.

5 He shall remember his nobles; they shall stumble in their walking; they shall make haste to its wall, and the covering shall be prepared.

6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be melted.

7 And she who stood firm is uncovered and caused to go away. And her slave women are moaning like the sound of doves, beating their breast.

8 But Nineveh [is] like a pool of water from her days; yet they are fleeing. Halt! Halt! they cry, but none looks back.

9 Seize the silver; seize the gold; for [there is] no end to the treasures; riches from all precious vessels.

10 [She is] empty and void and waste; and the heart melts, and the knees knock, and trembling [is] on all the loins; and all their faces collect heat.

11 Where is the den of the lions, and the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion [and] the lioness walked, [and] the lion's cub, and no one made [them] afraid?

12 The lion tears in pieces enough for his cubs, and strangles for his lionesses, and filled his holes [with] prey, and his dens with torn prey.

13 Behold, I [am] against you, says the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall be heard no more.