Thys is the heuy burthen of Niniue, whych Nahum of Elchos dyd write as he sawe
2 The Lorde is a gelous God, & a taker of vengeaunce is the Lorde, and
wrothfull. The Lorde taketh vengeaunce of his enemyes, and reserueth displeasure
for his aduersaries.
3 The Lord suffreth longe, he is of great power, & so innocent that he
leaueth no man fautlesse before him. The Lord goeth forth in tempest &
stormy wether, the cloudes are the dust of his fete.
4 When he reproueth the see, he dryeth it vp, & turneth all the floudes to
drie lande Basan is desolate, Charmel & the pleasure of Lybanus wasteth
5 The mountaynes tremble for him, the hylles consume. At the sight of him, the
earth quaketh: yee, the whole world, and all şt dwell therin.
6 Who maye endure before hys wrath? Or who is able to abide his gryme
displeasure? His anger taketh on lyke fyre, and the harde rockes are clouen in
sunder before him.
7 Full gracious is the Lord, and a stronge holde in the time of trouble, he
knoweth them that put their trust in hym:
8 when the floude renneth ouer, and destroyeth the place, and when the
darcknesse foloweth styll vpon his enemyes.
9 What do ye Imagin then agaynst şe Lord on this maner? (Tush, when he hath
once made an ende, there shall come nomore trouble.)
10 For like as the thornes that stike together, and as the drie strawe, so shall
the dronckardes be consumed together, euen when they be full.
11 There come oute of the soch as Imagin myschefe, & geue vngracious
councell agaynst the Lorde.
12 Therfore thus sayeth the Lord: Let them be as well prepared: yee, & as
many as they can, yet shall they be hewen downe, and passe awaye. And as for şe,
I will vexe şe, but not vtterly destroye the.
13 And now wil I breake his rodde from thy backe, & burst thy bondes in
14 But the Lorde hath geuen a commaundement concernynge the, şt there shall
come nomore sede of thy name. The carued & casten Images will I rote out of
the house of thy God. Thy graue shal I prepare for the, and thou shalt be
15 (2:1a) Beholde, vpon the mountaynes come şe fete of him, that bringeth good
tydinges: & preacheth peace. O Iuda, kepe thy holy dayes, perfourme thy
promyses: for Belial shall come nomore in the, he is vtterly roted out.
(2:1b) The scaterer shall come vp agaynst the, & laye sege to the castell.
Loke thou well to şe stretes, make thy loynes stronge, arme thy self with all
2 for the Lord shal restore againe the glory of Iacob, lyke as the glory of
. The destroyers haue broken them downe, & marred şe wyne braunches.
3 The shilde of his gyauntes glystereth, hys men of warre are clothed in purple.
His charettes are as fyre, when he maketh him forward, & his spere shaftes
are soked in venim
4 The charettes rolle vpon şe stretes, & welter in şe hye wayes. They are
to loke vpon lyke cressettes of fyre, & go swyftly, as şe lyghteninge.
5 When he doth but warne his giauntes, they fall in their araye, & hastely
they clymme vp the walles: yee, the engins of şe warre are prepared all ready.
6 The water portes shall be opened, and the kynges palace shall fall.
7 The quene her selfe shall be led awaye captiue, and her gentyl wemen 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.
Stand, stande, (shal they crie) & there shall not one turne backe.
9 Awaye wt the syluer, awaye with the golde for here is no ende of treasure.
There shalbe a multitude of all maner of costly ornamentes
10 Thus must she be spoyled, emptied & clene striped out: that their hertes
may be melted awaye, their knees tremble, all their loynes be weake, & their
faces blacke as a pot.
11 Where is now the dwellyng of the lyons, & the pasture of şe lyons
whelpes? where the lyon & the lyonesse went wt the whelpes, & no man
frayed them awaye?
12 But şe lyon spoyled ynough for hys yonge ones, & deuoured for his
lyonesse: he filled his dennes wt his praye, & his dwelling place wt that he
13 Beholde, I will vpon the, sayeth the Lord of hostes, and will set fyre vpon
thy charettes şt they shall smoke with all, & the swerde shal deuoure şe
yonge lyons. I will make an ende of thy spoyling from out of şe earth, & şe
voyce of thy messaungers shall nomore be herde.
Wo to şe bloudthursty citie, which is all full of lyes & robbery, &
wyll not leaue of from rauisshing.
2 There a man maye heare scourging, russhynge, the noyse of the wheles, şe
cryenge of the horses, and şe rollinge of the charettes.
3 There şe 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,
4 And that for şe greate and manyfolde whordome, of şe fayre & beutyfull
harlot: which is a mastresse of witchcraft: yee, and selleth şe people thorow
her whordome, & the nacyons thorow her witchcraft.
5 Beholde, I will vpon şe (sayeth şe Lord of hostes) and will pull thy clothes
ouer thy head: şt I maye shewe thy nakednes amonge the Heathen, and thy shame
amonge şe kyngdomes.
6 I will cast dyrte vpon the, to make the be abhorred, & a gasynge stocke:
7 Yee, all they that loke vpon the, shall starte backe, and saye: Niniue is
destroyed. Who will haue pitie vpon şe? where shal I seke one to comforte the?
8 Art şu better then the greate cite of Alexandria? that laye in the waters,
and had şe waters rounde aboute it: which was strongly fenced & walled with
9 Ethiopia & Egipte were her strength & şt exceading great, aboue
measure. Aphrica & Lybia were her helpers,
10 yet was she dryuen awaye, & brought into captiuite, her yonge chyldren
were smitten downe at the head of euery strete, şe lottes were cast for şe
most auncyent men in her, & all her myghtye men were bounde in chaines.
11 Euen so shalt thou also be droncken, & hyde thy selfe, and seke some
helpe agaynst thyne enemy.
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.
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.
14 Drawe water now agaynst şu be beseged, make vp thy strong holdes go into şe
claye, tempre şe morter, make strong brick:
15 yet şe fyre shal consume the, şe swerde shal destroye the: yee, as the
locuste doth, so shal it eate şe vp. It shal fal heuely vpon şe as şe
locustes: yee, ryght heuely shall it fall vpon the, euen as şe greshoppers.
16 Thy marchauntes haue bene nombred wt the starres of heauen: but now shal they
sprede abrode as the locustes & fle their waye:
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.
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
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?