Nahum - Chapter 2 | Good News Translation

  • 1. Nineveh, you are under attack! The power that will shatter you has come. Prepare the defenses! Guard the road! Prepare for battle!
  • 2. (The LORD is about to restore the glory of Israel, as it was before her enemies plundered her.)
  • 3. The enemy soldiers carry red shields and wear uniforms of red. They are preparing to attack! Their chariots flash like fire! Their horses prance!
  • 4. Chariots dash wildly through the streets, rushing back and forth in the city squares. They flash like torches and dart about like lightning.
  • 5. The officers are summoned; they stumble as they press forward. The attackers rush to the wall and set up the shield for the battering ram.
  • 6. The gates by the river burst open; the palace is filled with terror.
  • 7. The queen is taken captive; her servants moan like doves and beat their breasts in sorrow.
  • 8. Like water from a broken dam the people rush from Nineveh! "Stop! Stop!" the cry rings out--- but no one turns back.
  • 9. Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold! The city is full of treasure!
  • 10. Nineveh is destroyed, deserted, desolate! Hearts melt with fear; knees tremble, strength is gone; faces grow pale.
  • 11. Where now is the city that was like a den of lions, the place where young lions were fed, where the lion and the lioness would go and their cubs would be safe?
  • 12. The lion killed his prey and tore it to pieces for his mate and her cubs; he filled his den with torn flesh.
  • 13. "I am your enemy!" says the LORD Almighty. "I will burn up your chariots. Your soldiers will be killed in war, and I will take away everything that you took from others. The demands of your envoys will no longer be heard."