Jehovah takes vengeance and is ready to express his wrath.+
Jehovah takes vengeance against his foes,
And he stores up wrath for his enemies.
But by no means will Jehovah hold back due punishment.+
His path is in destructive wind and storm,
And the clouds are the dust of his feet.+
Baʹshan and Carʹmel wither,+
And the blossoms of Lebʹa·non wither.
The earth will be in an upheaval because of his face,
Along with the land and all those dwelling in it.+
And who can withstand the heat of his anger?+
His wrath will be poured out like fire,
And the rocks will be shattered because of him.
And darkness will pursue his enemies.
9 What will you plot against Jehovah?
He is causing a complete extermination.
Distress will not arise a second time.+
10 For they are interwoven like thorns,
And they are like those drunk with beer;*
But they will be consumed like dry stubble.
11 From you will come one who plots evil against Jehovah,
Giving worthless advice.
12 This is what Jehovah says:
“Though they were at full strength and numerous,
Even so they will be cut down and will pass away.*
I have afflicted you,* but I will afflict you no more.
I will make a grave for you, because you are contemptible.’
Celebrate your festivals,+ O Judah, pay your vows,
For the worthless one will never pass through you again.
He will be utterly destroyed.”
Guard the fortifications.
Keep watch over the road.
Brace yourselves* and muster all your strength.
2 For Jehovah will restore the pride of Jacob,
Along with the pride of Israel,
For the devastators have devastated them;+
And they have ruined their shoots.
3 The shields of his mighty men are dyed red,
His warriors are dressed in crimson.
The iron fittings of his war chariots flash like fire
In the day he prepares for battle,
And the juniper spears are brandished.
4 The war chariots race madly through the streets.
They rush up and down the public squares.
They shine like burning torches and flash like lightning.
5 He will summon his officers.
They will stumble as they advance.
They rush to her wall;
They set up the barricade.
She is carried away, and her slave girls moan;
They sound like doves as they beat their breasts.*
“Stand still! Stand still!”
But no one is turning back.+
9 Plunder silver, plunder gold!
There is no end to the treasures.
It is stocked with all sorts of precious things.
Their hearts melt in fear, their knees buckle, their hips tremble;
All their faces are flushed.
Where the lion goes out leading its cub,
With no one to make them afraid?
12 The lion tore apart enough prey for his cubs
And strangled for his lionesses.
He kept his dens filled with prey,
His lairs with torn animals.
“I will burn up her war chariots in smoke,+
And the sword will devour your young lions.*
I will cut off your prey from the earth,
And the sound of your messengers will be heard no more.”+
3 Woe to the city of bloodshed!
She is completely full of deception and robbery.
She is never without prey!
2 There is the crack of the whip and the rattle of wheels,
The dashing horse and the bounding chariot.
3 The mounted horseman, the flashing sword, and the glittering spear,
The multitude of the slain and the heaps of carcasses
—There is no end to the dead bodies.
They keep stumbling over the dead bodies.
4 This is because of the many acts of prostitution of the prostitute,
She who is attractive and charming, a mistress of sorceries,
Who ensnares nations by her prostitution and families by her sorceries.
“I will lift your skirts up over your face;
I will cause nations to see your nakedness,
And kingdoms your disgrace.
Who will sympathize with her?’
Where will I find comforters for you?
Waters surrounded her;
Her wealth was the sea and her wall was the sea.
9 E·thi·oʹpi·a was her source of boundless strength, also Egypt.
Her children also were dashed to pieces on every street corner.*
They cast lots over her honored men,
And all her great men have been bound with fetters.
You will seek refuge from the enemy.
12 All your fortifications are like fig trees with the first ripe fruits;
If they are shaken, they will fall into the mouth of devourers.
13 Look! Your troops are like women in your midst.
The gates of your land will be wide open for your enemies.
Fire will consume the bars of your gates.
Strengthen your fortifications.
Go down into the mire and tread the clay;
Grab hold of the brick mold.
15 Even there fire will consume you.
A sword will cut you down.+
It will devour you as the young locusts do.+
Make yourself as numerous as the young locusts!
Yes, make yourself as numerous as the locusts!
16 You have multiplied your merchants more than the stars of the heavens.
The young locust strips off its skin and flies away.
17 Your guards are like the locust,
And your officers like a locust swarm.
They camp in the stone pens on a cold day,
But when the sun shines, they fly away;
And no one knows where they are.
18 Your shepherds are drowsy, O king of As·syrʹi·a;
Your nobles stay in their residences.
Your people are scattered on the mountains,
And no one is gathering them together.+
19 There is no relief for your catastrophe.
Your wound is beyond healing.
All those hearing the report about you will clap their hands;+
For who has not suffered from your relentless cruelty?”+
Or “takes care of.” Lit., “knows.”
That is, Nineveh’s.
Or “wheat beer.”
Or possibly, “and he will pass through.”
That is, Judah.
That is, Assyria.
Or “molten statues.”
That is, Nineveh.
Lit., “Strengthen the hips.”
Or “will collapse.”
Or “maned young lions.”
Or “maned young lions.”
That is, Nineveh.
That is, Thebes.
Lit., “at the head of all streets.”