This is the heuy burthen of Niniue, which Naum of Elchos dyd wryte, as he sawe
2 The LORDE is a gelous God, and a taker of vengeaunce: yee a taker of vegeaunce
is ye LORDE, and wrothfull. The LORDE taketh vengeaunce of his enemies, and
reserueth displeasure for his aduersaries.
3 The LORDE suffreth longe, he is of greate power, & so innocent, that he
leaueth no man fautlesse before him. The LORDE goeth forth in tempest and stormy
wether, the cloudes are the dust of his fete.
4 Whe he reproueth the see, he dryeth it vp, & turneth all the floudes to
drye londe. Basan is desolate, Charmel and the pleasure of Libanus waisteth
5 The mountaynes tremble for him, the hilles consume. At the sight of him, the
earth quaketh: yee the whole worlde, and all that dwell therin.
6 Who maye endure before his wrath? Or who is able to abyde his grymme
displeasure? His anger taketh on like fyre, and the harde rockes burst in sunder
7 Ful gracious is the LORDE, and a stronge holde in tyme of trouble, he knoweth
the that put their trust in him:
8 when the floude renneth ouer, and destroyeth the place, and when the
darcknesse foloweth still vpon his enemies.
9 What do ye ymagin then agaynst the LORDE on this maner? (Tush, when he hath
once made an ende, there shal come nomore trouble.)
10 For like as the thornes that sticke together, and as the drye strawe, so shal
the dronckardes be consumed together, euen when they be full.
11 There come out of ye soch as ymagin myschefe, and geue vngracious councell
agaynst the LORDE.
12 Therfore thus saieth the LORDE: Let the be as wel prepared, yee and as many
as they can, yet shal they be hewen downe, and passe awaye. And as for the, I
wil vexe the, but not vtterly destroie the.
13 And now wil I breake his rodde from thy backe, and burst thy bondes in sonder.
14 But the LORDE hath geuen a commaundement cocernynge the, that there shall
come nomore sede of thy name. The carued and casten ymages will I rote out of
the house of thy god. Thy graue shal I prepare for the, and thou shalt be
15 Beholde, vpon the mountaynes come the fete of him, that bryngeth good
tydinges, & preacheth peace. O Iuda, kepe thy holy dayes, perfourme thy
promyses: for Belial shal come no more in the, he is vtterly roted out.
1 The scaterer shal come vp agaynst the, & laye sege to the castell. Loke
thou wel to the stretes, make thy loynes stronge, arme thy self with all thy
2 for the LORDE shal restore agayne the glory of Iacob, like as ye glory of
. The destroyers haue broken them downe, & marred the wyne braunches.
3 The shylde of his giauntes glistereth, his men of warre are clothed in purple.
His charettes are as fyre, when he maketh him forwarde, his archers are wel
deckte & trimmed.
4 The charettes rolle vpon the stretes, & welter in the hye wayes. They are
to loke vpon like cressettes of fyre, and go swyftly, as the lightenynge.
5 When he doth but warne his giauntes, they fall in their araye, & haistely
they clymme vp the walles: yee the engyns of the warre are prepared all ready.
6 The water portes shal be opened, and the kinges palace shall fall.
7 The quene hir self shal be led awaye captyue, and hir gentilwomen shal mourne
as the doues, & grone within their hertes.
8 Niniue is like a pole full of water, but then shal they be fayne to fle.
Stonde, stode, (shal they crie) & there shal not one turne backe.
9 Awaye with the syluer, awaye with the golde: for here is no ende of treasure.
There shalbe a multitude of all maner costly ornamentes.
10 Thus must she be spoyled, emptied & clene striped out: that their hertes
maye be melted awaye, their knees treble, all their loynes be weake, and their
faces blacke as a pot.
11 Where is now the dwellinge of the lyos, and the pasture of the
whelpes? where the
and the lyonesse wente with the whelpes, and no man frayed them awaye?
12 But the
spoyled ynough for his yonge ones, and deuoured for his lyonesse: he fylled his
dennes with his pray, & his dwellinge place with that he had rauysshed.
13 Beholde, I wil vpon the (saieth the LORDE of hoostes) and wil set fyre vpon
thy charettes, that they shal smoke withall, and the swerde shal deuoure thy
. I wil make an ende of thy spoylinge from out of the earth, & the voyce of
thy messaungers shall nomore be herde.
1 Wo to that bloudthursty cite, which is all full of lyes and robbery, & wil
not leaue of from rauysshinge.
2 There a man maye heare scourginge, russhinge, the noyse of the wheles, the
crienge of the horses, & the rollinge of the charettes.
3 There the horse men get vp with naked swerdes, and glisterynge speares: There
lyeth a multitude slayne, and a greate heape of deed bodies: There is no ende of
deed coarses, yee men fall vpon their bodies:
4 And that for the greate and manyfolde whordome, of the fayre and beutifull
harlot: which is a mastresse of wychcraft, yee and selleth the people thorow hir
whordome, and the nacions thorow hir wichcraft.
5 Beholde, I wil vpon the (saieth the LORDE of hoostes) and wil pull thy clothes
ouer thy heade: that I maye shewe thy nakednes amonge the Heithen, and thy shame
amonge the kingdomes.
6 I wil cast dyrte vpon ye, to make the be abhorred, and a gasynge stocke:
7 Yee all they that loke vpon the, shal starte backe, & saye: Niniue is
destroyed. Who wil haue pyte vpo the? where shal I seke one to conforte the?
8 Art thou better then the greate cite of Alexadria? that laye in the waters,
and had the waters rounde aboute it: which was strongly fenced & walled with
and Egipte were hir stregth, & that exceadinge greate aboue measure.
Aphrica and Lybia were hir helpers,
10 yet was she dryuen awaye, & brought in to captiuyte: hir yonge children
were smytten downe at the heade of euery strete, the lottes were cast for the
most awncient men in her, and all hir mightie men were bounde in chaynes.
11 Euen so shalt thou also be droncken, and hyde thy self, and seke some helpe
agaynst thine enemy.
12 All thy stronge cities shal be like fyge trees wt rype fyges: which whe a ma
shaketh, they fall in to the mouth of the eater.
13 Beholde, thy people with in the are but women: the portes of thy londe shal
be opened vnto thine enemies, and the fyre shal deuoure yi barres.
14 Drawe water now agaynst thou be beseged, make vp thy stroge holdes, go into
the claye, tempre the morter, make stronge bricke:
15 yet the fyre shal consume the, the swerde shal destroye the, yee as ye
locuste doth, so shal it eate the vp. It shal fall heuely vpon the as the
locustes, yee right heuely shal it fall vpon the, euen as the greshoppers.
16 Thy marchauntes haue bene mo then the starres of heaue: but now shal they
sprede abrode as the locustes, and fle their waye:
17 Thy lordes are as the greshoppers, & thy captaynes as the multitude of
greshoppers: which whe they be colde, remayne in ye hedges: but when the Sonne
is vp, they fle awaye, and no ma can tell where they are become.
18 Thy shepherdes are aslepe (o kinge of Assur) thy worthies are layed downe: yi
people is scatred abrode vpon the mountaynes, and no man gathereth them together
19 Thy wounde can not be hyd, thy plage is so sore. All they that heare this of
the, shall clappe their handes ouer the. For what is he, to who thou hast not
allwaye bene doynge hurte?