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(A)Prepare the table,
Set a watchman in the tower,
Eat and drink.
Arise, you princes,
Anoint the shield!

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11 (A)Make[a] the arrows bright!
Gather the shields!
(B)The Lord has raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes.
(C)For His plan is against Babylon to destroy it,
Because it is (D)the vengeance of the Lord,
The vengeance for His temple.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 51:11 Polish the arrows!

12 (A)Set up the standard on the walls of Babylon;
Make the guard strong,
Set up the watchmen,
Prepare the ambushes.
For the Lord has both devised and done
What He spoke against the inhabitants of Babylon.

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(A)Proclaim this among the nations:
“Prepare for war!
Wake up the mighty men,
Let all the men of war draw near,
Let them come up.

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The Destruction of Nineveh

He[a] who scatters has come up before your face.
Man the fort!
Watch the road!
Strengthen your flanks!
Fortify your power mightily.

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Footnotes

  1. Nahum 2:1 Vg. He who destroys

14 Draw your water for the siege!
(A)Fortify your strongholds!
Go into the clay and tread the mortar!
Make strong the brick kiln!

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