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¶ WOE to the bloody city!
it is all full of lies and iniquity;
the plunder in it cannot be estimated.
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The noise of the whip and the noise of rattling of the wheels and of the snorting of horses and of bounding chariots!
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The horseman driving, with the flash of the sword and the glittering spear!
And there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of corpses;
there is no end to corpses;
they stumble over their corpses.
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Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the harlot that was beautiful and mistress of witchcrafts, who brings up nations through her whoredoms and tribes through her witchcraft,
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Behold, I am against you, says the LORD of hosts;
and I will raise your skirts over your face and will show the nations your nakedness and the kingdoms your shame.
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And I will cast filth upon you and disgrace you, and will make you a spectacle,
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And it shall come to pass that all who look upon you shall abhor you and say, Nineveh is plundered;
who will bemoan her?
Whence shall I seek a comforter for you?
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¶ Are you better than Jawan of Ammon, which is situated by the rivers, that had waters round about her, whose rampart was the sea, and water her wall?
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Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was limitless;
Put and the Libyans were her helpers;
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Yet even she was carried away into captivity;
her children were dashed in pieces at the head of all the streets;
and they cast lots for her honorable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.
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You also shall be grieved and you shall be despised;
you also shall seek help because of your enemies.
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All your strongholds shall be like fig trees with the first ripe figs;
when they are ripe, they fall into the mouth of the eater.
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Behold, your people in the midst of you are cowards;
they will open the gates of your land to your enemies;
the fire shall devour your bars.
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Draw water for the siege, fortify your strongholds;
mix the clay, tread the mortar, strengthen the foundations.
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There shall the fire devour you, the sword shall cut you off;
it shall devour you like the crawling locust because you have become many like the crawling locust and multiplied like the locust.
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You have multiplied your merchants more than the stars of the heaven;
the young locust swarms and flies away.
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Your Nazarites are as the locusts, and your warriors as the swarms of locusts which settle on the hedges on a cold day, but when the sun arises they fly off, and it is not known where they are.
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Your friends slumber, O king of Assyria;
your allies have deserted;
your people are scattered on the mountains, and they have none to gather them.
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There is no one to grieve over your wound;
your wound is painful;
all who hear the news of you clap their hands over you;
for your wickedness has gone forth against every man continually.