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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 3

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Ruin Imminent and Inevitable

1Woe to the bloody city, all lies, full of plunder, whose looting never stops! g Hb 2, 12 . 2The crack of the whip, the rumbling sounds of wheels; horses a‐gallop, chariots bounding, 3Cavalry charging, The flame of the sword, the flash of the spear, the many slain, the heaping corpses, the endless bodies to stumble upon! 4For the many debaucheries of the harlot, fair and charming, a mistress of witchcraft, Who enslaved nations with her harlotries, and peoples by her witchcraft: h Mi 1, 7; Rv 17, 1f . 5I am come against you, i Is 47, 3; Jer 13, 26; Hos 2, 12 . and I will strip your skirt from you; I will show your nakedness to the nations, to the kingdoms your shame!* 6I will cast filth upon you, disgrace you and put you to shame; 7Till everyone who sees you runs from you, saying, “Nineveh is destroyed; who can pity her? Where can one find any to console her?”

8Are you better than No‐amon* that was set among the streams, Surrounded by waters, with the flood for her rampart and water her wall? j Jer 46, 25 . 9Ethiopia was her strength, and Egypt, and others without end; Put and the Libyans were her auxiliaries. 10Yet even she went captive into exile, even her little ones were dashed to pieces at the corner of every street; For her nobles they cast lots, and all her great men were put into chains. 11You, too, shall drink of this till you faint away; you, too, shall seek a refuge from the foe. k Mi 2, 11 . 12All your fortresses are but fig trees, bearing early figs That fall, when shaken, into the hungry mouth. 13See, the troops are women in your midst; to your foes the gates of your land are open wide, fire has consumed their bars. l Jer 51, 30 . 14Draw water for the siege,* strengthen your fortresses; Go down into the mud and tread the clay, take hold of the brick mold! 15There the fire shall consume you, the sword shall cut you down. Multiply like the grasshoppers, multiply like the locusts! 16Make your couriers more numerous than the stars, 17your garrisons as many as grasshoppers, And your scribes as locust swarms gathered on the rubble fences on a cold day! Yet when the sun warms them, the grasshoppers will spread their wings and fly, and vanish, no one knows where. 18Alas! how your shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria, your nobles have gone to rest; Your people are scattered upon the mountains, with none to gather them. 19There is no healing for your hurt, your wound is mortal. All who hear this news of you clap their hands over you; For who has not been overwhelmed, steadily, by your malice?

Notes:

g: Hb 2, 12 .

h: Mi 1, 7; Rv 17, 1f .

i: Is 47, 3; Jer 13, 26; Hos 2, 12 .

j: Jer 46, 25 .

k: Mi 2, 11 .

l: Jer 51, 30 .

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