Nahum 3
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1  Woe to the bloody city! It is all full of lies and rapine; the prey departeth not.

א  הוֹי עִיר דָּמִים כֻּלָּהּ כַּחַשׁ פֶּרֶק מְלֵאָה לֹא יָמִישׁ טָרֶף.

2  Hark! the whip and hark! the rattling of the wheels; and prancing horses and bounding chariots;

ב  קוֹל שׁוֹט וְקוֹל רַעַשׁ אוֹפָן וְסוּס דֹּהֵר וּמֶרְכָּבָה מְרַקֵּדָה.

3  The horseman charging and the flashing sword and the glittering spear; and a multitude of slain and a heap of carcases; and there is no end of the corpses and they stumble upon their corpses;

ג  פָּרָשׁ מַעֲלֶה וְלַהַב חֶרֶב וּבְרַק חֲנִית וְרֹב חָלָל וְכֹבֶד פָּגֶר וְאֵין קֵצֶה לַגְּוִיָּה יכשלו (וְכָשְׁלוּ) בִּגְוִיָּתָם.

4  Because of the multitude of the harlotries of the well-favoured harlot the mistress of witchcrafts that selleth nations through her harlotries and families through her witchcrafts.

ד  מֵרֹב זְנוּנֵי זוֹנָה טוֹבַת חֵן בַּעֲלַת כְּשָׁפִים הַמֹּכֶרֶת גּוֹיִם בִּזְנוּנֶיהָ וּמִשְׁפָּחוֹת בִּכְשָׁפֶיהָ.

5  Behold I am against thee saith Hashem of hosts and I will uncover thy skirts upon thy face and I will shew the nations thy nakedness and the kingdoms thy shame.

hi-n’-NEE ay-LA-yikh n’-UM a-do-NAI tz’-va-OT v’-gi-lay-TEE shu-LA-yikh al pa-NA-yikh v’-har-ay-TEE go-YIM ma-RAYKH u-mam-la-KHOT k’-lo-NAYKH

ה  הִנְנִי אֵלַיִךְ נְאֻם יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת וְגִלֵּיתִי שׁוּלַיִךְ עַל פָּנָיִךְ וְהַרְאֵיתִי גוֹיִם מַעְרֵךְ וּמַמְלָכוֹת קְלוֹנֵךְ.

3:5  Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts

In Nahum’s final prophecy against Nineveh, God addresses Assyria directly. The statement “Behold, I am against thee” testifies that the nations set to fight against Assyria are only the puppets of God, who is ultimately controlling the events. The punishment of uncovering the nakedness of Assyria mirrors the punishment traditionally given to unfaithful spouses (Hosea 2:5). Assyria gained power by “seducing” smaller nations, enticing them into alliances and then breaking their word and enslaving them. Assyria acted unfaithfully and will therefore receive the punishment of the unfaithful. Those who were humiliated by Assyria are now going to witness Assyria’s humiliation.

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6  And I will cast detestable things upon thee and make thee vile and will make thee as dung.

ו  וְהִשְׁלַכְתִּי עָלַיִךְ שִׁקֻּצִים וְנִבַּלְתִּיךְ וְשַׂמְתִּיךְ כְּרֹאִי.

7  And it shall come to pass that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee and say: ‘Ninveh is laid waste; who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?’

ז  וְהָיָה כָל רֹאַיִךְ יִדּוֹד מִמֵּךְ וְאָמַר שָׁדְּדָה נִינְוֵה מִי יָנוּד לָהּ מֵאַיִן אֲבַקֵּשׁ מְנַחֲמִים לָךְ.

8  Art thou better than No-amon that was situate among the rivers that had the waters round about her; whose rampart was the sea and of the sea her wall?

ח  הֲתֵיטְבִי מִנֹּא אָמוֹן הַיֹּשְׁבָה בַּיְאֹרִים מַיִם סָבִיב לָהּ אֲשֶׁר חֵיל יָם מִיָּם חוֹמָתָהּ.

9  Ethiopia and Mitzrayim were thy strength and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.

ט  כּוּשׁ עָצְמָה וּמִצְרַיִם וְאֵין קֵצֶה פּוּט וְלוּבִים הָיוּ בְּעֶזְרָתֵךְ.

10  Yet was she carried away she went into captivity; her young children also were dashed in pieces at the head of all the streets; and they cast lots for her honourable men and all her great men were bound in chains.

י  גַּם הִיא לַגֹּלָה הָלְכָה בַשֶּׁבִי גַּם עֹלָלֶיהָ יְרֻטְּשׁוּ בְּרֹאשׁ כָּל חוּצוֹת וְעַל נִכְבַּדֶּיהָ יַדּוּ גוֹרָל וְכָל גְּדוֹלֶיהָ רֻתְּקוּ בַזִּקִּים.

11  Thou also shalt be drunken thou shalt swoon; thou also shalt seek a refuge because of the enemy.

יא  גַּם אַתְּ תִּשְׁכְּרִי תְּהִי נַעֲלָמָה גַּם אַתְּ תְּבַקְשִׁי מָעוֹז מֵאוֹיֵב.

12  All thy fortresses shall be like fig-trees with the first-ripe figs: if they be shaken they fall into the mouth of the eater.

יב  כָּל מִבְצָרַיִךְ תְּאֵנִים עִם בִּכּוּרִים אִם יִנּוֹעוּ וְנָפְלוּ עַל פִּי אוֹכֵל.

13  Behold thy people in the midst of thee are women; the gates of thy land are set wide open unto thine enemies; the fire hath devoured thy bars.

יג  הִנֵּה עַמֵּךְ נָשִׁים בְּקִרְבֵּךְ לְאֹיְבַיִךְ פָּתוֹחַ נִפְתְּחוּ שַׁעֲרֵי אַרְצֵךְ אָכְלָה אֵשׁ בְּרִיחָיִךְ.

14  Draw thee water for the siege strengthen thy fortresses; go into the clay and tread the mortar lay hold of the brickmould.

יד  מֵי מָצוֹר שַׁאֲבִי לָךְ חַזְּקִי מִבְצָרָיִךְ בֹּאִי בַטִּיט וְרִמְסִי בַחֹמֶר הַחֲזִיקִי מַלְבֵּן.

15  There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off it shall devour thee like the canker-worm; make thyself many as the canker-worm make thyself many as the locusts.

טו  שָׁם תֹּאכְלֵךְ אֵשׁ תַּכְרִיתֵךְ חֶרֶב תֹּאכְלֵךְ כַּיָּלֶק הִתְכַּבֵּד כַּיֶּלֶק הִתְכַּבְּדִי כָּאַרְבֶּה.

16  Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven; the canker-worm spreadeth itself and flieth away.

טז  הִרְבֵּית רֹכְלַיִךְ מִכּוֹכְבֵי הַשָּׁמָיִם יֶלֶק פָּשַׁט וַיָּעֹף.

17  Thy crowned are as the locusts and thy marshals as the swarms of grasshoppers which camp in the walls in the cold day but when the sun ariseth they flee away and their place is not known where they are.

יז  מִנְּזָרַיִךְ כָּאַרְבֶּה וְטַפְסְרַיִךְ כְּגוֹב גֹּבָי הַחוֹנִים בַּגְּדֵרוֹת בְּיוֹם קָרָה שֶׁמֶשׁ זָרְחָה וְנוֹדַד וְלֹא נוֹדַע מְקוֹמוֹ אַיָּם.

18  Thy shepherds slumber O king of Assyria thy worthies are at rest; thy people are scattered upon the mountains and there is none to gather them.

יח  נָמוּ רֹעֶיךָ מֶלֶךְ אַשּׁוּר יִשְׁכְּנוּ אַדִּירֶיךָ נָפֹשׁוּ עַמְּךָ עַל הֶהָרִים וְאֵין מְקַבֵּץ.

19  There is no assuaging of thy hurt thy wound is grievous; all that hear the report of thee clap the hands over thee; for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

יט  אֵין כֵּהָה לְשִׁבְרֶךָ נַחְלָה מַכָּתֶךָ כֹּל שֹׁמְעֵי שִׁמְעֲךָ תָּקְעוּ כַף עָלֶיךָ כִּי עַל מִי לֹא עָבְרָה רָעָתְךָ תָּמִיד.

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  • These nations that have set themselves up against Y’srael and ultimately against Elohim will see their plans fall into ruins as they have throughout the ages. A common phrase I’m often heard is that those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it. The Scriptures give us more than enough evidence to the same conclusion yet many want to dismiss these Books as mere fantasies. It will not go well with them in the end. Baruch Hashem.

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