The miserable ruin of Nineveh.
Nahum 3:1 Wo to þe bloudthursty citie, which is all full of lyes & robbery, & wyll not leaue of from rauisshing. Nahum 3:2 There a man maye heare scourging, russhynge, the noyse of the wheles, þe cryenge of the horses, and þe rollinge of the charettes. Nahum 3:3 There þe horse men get vp wt naked swerdes, & glysteringe speares: there lyeth a multitude slayne, & a greate heape of deed bodyes: there is no ende of deed coarses: yee, men fall vpon their bodyes, Nahum 3:4 And that for þe greate and manyfolde whordome, of þe fayre & beutyfull harlot: which is a mastresse of witchcraft: yee, and selleth þe people thorow her whordome, & the nacyons thorow her witchcraft. Nahum 3:5 Beholde, I will vpon þe (sayeth þe Lord of hostes) and will pull thy clothes ouer thy head: þt I maye shewe thy nakednes amonge the Heathen, and thy shame amonge þe kyngdomes. Nahum 3:6 I will cast dyrte vpon the, to make the be abhorred, & a gasynge stocke: Nahum 3:7 Yee, all they that loke vpon the, shall starte backe, and saye: Niniue is destroyed. Who will haue pitie vpon þe? where shal I seke one to comforte the? Nahum 3:8 Art þu better then the greate cite of Alexandria? that laye in the waters, and had þe waters rounde aboute it: which was strongly fenced & walled with þe see? Nahum 3:9 Ethiopia & Egipte were her strength & þt exceading great, aboue measure. Aphrica & Lybia were her helpers, Nahum 3:10 yet was she dryuen awaye, & brought into captiuite, her yonge chyldren were smitten downe at the head of euery strete, þe lottes were cast for þe most auncyent men in her, & all her myghtye men were bounde in chaines. Nahum 3:11 Euen so shalt thou also be droncken, & hyde thy selfe, and seke some helpe agaynst thyne enemy. Nahum 3:12 All thy stronge cities shalbe lyke fygetrees with ripe figges: whych when a man shaketh, they shall fall into the mouth of the eater. Nahum 3:13 Beholde, thy people within the, are but wemen: the portes of thy lande shalbe opened vnto thyne enemyes, and the fyre shall deuoure thy barres. Nahum 3:14 Drawe water now agaynst þu be beseged, make vp thy strong holdes go into þe claye, tempre þe morter, make strong brick: Nahum 3:15 yet þe fyre shal consume the, þe swerde shal destroye the: yee, as the locuste doth, so shal it eate þe vp. It shal fal heuely vpon þe as þe locustes: yee, ryght heuely shall it fall vpon the, euen as þe greshoppers. Nahum 3:16 Thy marchauntes haue bene nombred wt the starres of heauen: but now shal they sprede abrode as the locustes & fle their waye: Nahum 3:17 Thy lordes are as the greshoppers, & thy captaynes as the multitude of greshoppers: whych when they be colde, remayne in the hedges: but when the Sunne is vp, they fle awaye, & no man can tel where they are become. Nahum 3:18 Thy shepherdes are a slepe (O kyng of Assur) thy worthyes are layed downe, thy people is scatred abrode vpon the mountaynes, & no man gathereth them together agayne. Nahum 3:19 Thy wounde cannot be hyd, thy plage is so sore. All they that heare this of the, shal clappe their handes ouer the. For what is he, to whom thou hast not alwaye bene doyng hurte?