|Nah 2:1 The one who scatters has come up against you [Nineveh].
Man the fortress and ramparts, watch the road;
Strengthen your back [prepare for battle], summon all your strength.
|Nah 2:2 For the LORD will restore the splendor and majesty of Jacob
Like the splendor of [ancient and united] Israel,
Even though destroyers have destroyed them
And ruined their vine branches. [Is 10:12]
|Nah 2:3 ¶ The shields of his soldiers [of Media and Babylon] are colored red;
The warriors are dressed in scarlet.
The chariots blaze with fire of [flashing] steel
When he is prepared to march,
And the cypress spears are brandished [for battle].
|Nah 2:4 The chariots race madly in the streets;
They rush wildly in the broad plazas.
Their appearance is like torches;
They rush in various directions like forked lightning.
|Nah 2:5 He remembers and summons his nobles;
They stumble in their march [terrified because of the attack].
They hurry to the city wall,
And the mantelet is prepared and firmly set up.
|Nah 2:6 The gates of the rivers [surrounding Nineveh] are opened
And the palace [of sun-dried brick] is dissolved [by the torrents].
|Nah 2:7 It is decreed:
Nineveh is stripped, and she is carried away,
And her handmaids are moaning like the sound of doves,
Beating on their breasts [in sorrow].
|Nah 2:8 ¶ Though Nineveh was like a pool of water throughout her days,
Now her inhabitants are fleeing;
"Stop! Stop!" [a few cry,]
But no one turns back.
|Nah 2:9 Plunder the silver!
Plunder the gold!
For there is no end to the treasure--
Wealth from every precious object.
|Nah 2:10 She is emptied! She is desolate and waste!
Hearts melting [in fear] and knees knocking!
Anguish is in the whole body,
And the faces of all grow pale! [Is 13:7, 8]
|Nah 2:11 Where is the den of the lions (Assyria)
And the feeding place of the young lions,
Where the lion, lioness, and lion's cub prowled
With nothing to fear?
|Nah 2:12 The lion [of Assyria] tore enough for his cubs (Assyrian citizens),
Killed [enough prey] for his lionesses,
And filled his lairs with prey
And his dens with torn flesh.
|Nah 2:13 ¶ "Behold, I am against you [Nineveh]," declares the LORD of hosts, "and I will burn your chariots in the smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the land, and the voice of your messengers will no longer be heard."|