Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth
The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the
pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots.
The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there
is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their
corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:
Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress
of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her
Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts
upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy
And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee
as a gazingstock.
And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee,
and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for
Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the
waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?
Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy
Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were
dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable
men, and all her great men were bound in chains.
Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength
because of the enemy.
All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be
shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.
Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be
set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.
Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread
the morter, make strong the brickkiln.
There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee
up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the
Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm
spoileth, and fleeth away.
Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which
camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their
place is not known where they are.
Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy
people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.
There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit
of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed