Thys is the heuye burthen of Niniue, which Nahum of Elchos dyd wryte as he sawe
2 The Lorde is a gelous God, & a taker of vengeaunce: yee a taker of
vengeaunce is şe Lorde, and wrathfull. The Lord taketh vengeaunce of hys
enemyes, and reserueth dyspleasure for his aduersaries.
3 The Lorde suffreth longe, he is of greate power, & so innocent that he
leaueth no man fautlesse before hym. The Lorde goeth forth in tempest and stormy
wether, the cloudes are the dust of his fete.
4 When he reproueth the sea, he drieth it vp, and turneth all the floudes to
drye lande. Basan is desolate, Charmel & the pleasure of Lybanus wasteth
5 The mountaynes tremble for him, the hylles consume. At the syght of hym, şe
earth quaketh: yee the whole world, and all that dwell therin.
6 Who maye endure before his wrath? Or who is able to abyde hys gryme
displeasure? His anger taketh on lyke fyre, and the harde rockes burst in sunder
7 Full gracious is the Lorde, and a stronge holde in the tyme of trouble, he
knoweth them that put their truste 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 the Lord on this maner? (Tush, when he hath
ones made an ende, there shall come nomore trouble.)
10 For lyke as the thornes that sticke together, and as the drye strawe, so
shall the dronckardes be consumed together, euen when they be full.
11 There come oute of the soche as Imagin meschefe, & geue vngracious
councell agaynst the Lorde.
12 Therfore thus sayeth the Lorde: Let them be as well prepared, yee and as many
as they can, yet shall they be hewen downe, & passe awaye. And as for the, I
wyll vexe şe, but not vtterly destroye the.
13 And now wyll I breake hys 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 wyll I rote out of
the house of thy God. Thy graue shall I prepare for the, and thou shalt be
15 (2:1) Beholde, vpon the mountaynes come the fete of hym, that bryngeth good
tydynges, and preacheth peace. O Iuda, kepe thy holy dayes, perfourme thy
promyses: for Beliall shall come nomore in the, he is vtterly roted out.
(2:2) The scaterer shall come vp agaynst the, & laye sege to the castell.
Loke thou well to the stretes, make thy loynes stronge, arme thy self with all
2 (2:3) for the Lorde shal restore agayne the glorye of Iacob, lyke as the glory
of Israell. The destroyers haue broken them downe, & marred the wyne
3 (2:4) The shylde of hys gyauntes glystereth, hys men of warre are clothed in
purple. Hys charettes are as fyre, when he maketh hym forward, his archers are
well decke & trimmed.
4 (2:5) The charettes rolle vpon the stretes, & welter in the hye wayes.
They are to loke vpon lyke cressettes of fyre, & go swyftly, as the
5 (2:6) When he doth but warne his giauntes, they fal in their araye, &
hastely they clymme vp the walles: yee the engins of the warre are prepared all
6 (2:7) The water portes shalbe opened, and the kynges palace shal fall.
7 (2:8) The quene her selfe shalbe led awaye captyue, and her gentil wemen shall
mourne as the doues and grone wyth in their hertes.
8 (2:9) Niniue is lyke a pole full of water, but then shall they be fayne to fle.
Stand, stande (shal they crye) and there shall not one turne backe.
9 (2:10) Awaye with the syluer, awaye wyth the golde: for here is no ende of
treasure. There shalbe a multytude of all maner costlye ornamentes.
10 (2:11) Thus muste she be spoyled, emptied and clene striped out: that their
hertes maye be melted awaye, their knees tremble, all their loynes be weake, and
their faces blacke as a pot.
11 (2:12) 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 (2:13) But the lyon spoyled ynough for hys yonge ones, & deuoured for his
lionesse: he filled his dennes with his pray, & his dwellynge place with
that he had rauyshed.
13 (2:14) Beholde, I wyll vpon the, sayeth şe lord of hostes, & wyll set
fyre vpon thy charettes, that they shall smoke with all, & the swerde shal
deuoure the yong lyons. I wyll make an ende of thy spoylyng from out of the
earth, and the voyce of thy messaungers shal no more be hearde.
Wo to the bloudthurstye cytye, which is full of lyes & robbery & wyl not
leaue of from rauyshyng.
2 There a man may heare scourgynge, russhyng, şe noyse of the weeles, the
cryenge of the horses, & the rollynge of the charettes.
3 There the horsmen get vp with naked swerdes, & glystering speares. There
lyeth a multytude slayn, & a great heape of deade bodyes. There is no ende
of dead coarses, yea, men fall vpon theyr bodyes:
4 And that for the greate and manyfolde whordome, of the fayre and beutyfull
harlot, which is a maistresse of witchcrafte, yea, and selleth the people
thorowe her whordom, and the nacyons thorowe her witchcraft.
5 Beholde, I wyll vpon the (sayeth şe Lord of hostes) and will pull thy clothes
ouer thy heade: that I maye shew thy nakednes among the Heathen, and thy shame
amonge the kingdomes.
6 I wyll caste dyrte vpon the, to make şe be abhorred, and a gasyng stocke:
7 Yea al they that loke vpon the, shall starte backe, and say: Niniue is
destroyed. Who wyll haue pyte vpon the: where shall I seke one to conforte the?
8 Art thou better then the greate cytie of Alexandria? that lay in the waters,
and had the waters rounde about it: whiche was strongly fensed and walled with
9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength and that excedynge greate aboue measure.
Aphrica and Lybia were her helpers,
10 yet was she dryuen away, and brought into captiuite: her yonge chyldren were
smiten doune at the heade of euerye strete, the lottes were cast for the most
auncient men in her, and al her mightye men were bounde in chaynes.
11 Euen so shalt thou also be droncken, and hyde thy self, and seke some helpe
agaynst thyne enemy.
12 Al thy strong cities shalbe lyke figgetrees with ripe figges: which when a
man shaketh, they shal fall into the mouthe of the eater.
13 Behold, thy people within the are but wemen: the portes of thy laude shalbe
opened vnto thyne enemyes, and the fyre shall deuoure thy barres.
14 Drawe water nowe agaynst thou be beseged, make vp thy strong holdes, go into
the claye, tempre the morter, make stronge bricke,
15 yet the fyre shall consume the, şe swerde shall destroye the, yea, as the
locuste doeth, so shal it eate the vp. It shal fal heuely vpon the as the
locustes, yea, right heuely shal it fal vpon şe, euen as şe greshoppers.
16 Thy marchauntes haue ben nombred with şe starres of heauen: but nowe shal
they sprede abroad as the locustes, and fle theyr waye.
17 Thy Lordes are as şe greshoppers, & thy captaynes as the multytude of
greshoppers: which when they be colde, remayne in the hedges: but when the Sunne
is vp, they fle awaye, and no man can tel where they are become:
18 Thy shepherdes are a slepe (O kynge of Assur) thy worthyes are layed doune:
thy people is scatred abroad vpon the mountaynes, and no man gathereth them
19 Thy wounde can not be hyd, thy plage is so sore. All they that heare this of
the, shal clappe theyr handes ouer the. For what is he to whom thou hast not
alway ben doyng hurte.