Nahum Chapter 3
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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The miserable ruine of Nineueh.
Woe to the bloody City, it is all full of lyes and robberie, the pray departeth not.1
The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheeles, and of the praunsing horses, and of the iumping charets.
The horseman lifteth vp both the bright sword, & the glittering speare, and there is a multitude of slaine, and a great number of carkeises: and there is none ende of their corpses: they stumble vpon their corpses,3
Because of the multitude of the whoredomes of the wel-fauoured harlot, the mistresse of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredomes, and families through her witchcrafts.
Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hostes, and I will discouer thy skirtes vpon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakednesse, and the kingdomes thy shame.5
And I will cast abominable filth vpon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazing stocke.
And it shall come to passe, that all they that looke vpon thee, shall flee from thee, and say; Nineueh is layde waste, who will bemoane her? whence shall I seeke comforters for thee?
Art thou better then populous No, that was scituate among the riuers that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?8
Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinit, Put and Lubim were thy helpers.9
Yet was she caried away, she went into captiuitie: her yong children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streetes: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chaines.
Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt bee hid, thou also shalt seeke strength because of the enemie.11
All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the first ripe figs: if they bee shaken, they shall euen fall into the mouth of the eater.
Beholde, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open vnto thine enemies, the fire shall deuoure thy barres.
Draw thee waters for the siege: fortifie thy strong holdes, goe into clay, and tread the morter: make strong the bricke-kill.
There shall the fire deuoure thee: the sword shall cut thee off: it shall eate thee vp like the cankerworme: make thy selfe many as the cankerworme, make thy selfe many as the locusts.
Thou hast multiplied thy merchants aboue the starres of heauen; the cankerworme spoileth & flieth away.16
The crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grashoppers which campe in the hedges in the cold day: but when the Sunne ariseth, they flee away, and their place is not knowen where they are.
Thy shepheards slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered vpon the mountaines, & no man gathereth them.18
There is no healing of thy bruise: thy wound is grieuous: all that heare the bruit of thee, shall clap the hands ouer thee; for vpon whom hath not thy wickednesse passed continually?19
Nahum Chapter 3 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
1 Heb. Citie of bloods. , Eze.24.9. hab.2.10.
3 Heb. the flame of the sword and the lightning of the speare.
5 Esa.47.3. ezek.16. 37.
8 Or, nourishing. Hebr. No Amon.
9 Heb. in thy helpe.
11 Iere.25. 17.
16 Or, spreadeth himselfe.
18 Or, valiant ones.
19 Heb. wrinkling.
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