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Verses 11-13

Nahum 2:11-13. Where is the dwelling of the lions Where is the lion-like courage and strength, which formerly characterized the king of Nineveh and his people? What is become of the stately palaces of the king and princes of Nineveh? who, like so many lions, cruel, violent, and irresistible, knew no other law than their pride and ambition; preying upon their own people, and the neighbouring countries, and filling their houses with the spoils they took from them, as the lions fill their dens with their prey. I will burn her chariots in the smoke Or, even unto smoke. The LXX. read, και εκκαυσω εν καπνω πληθος σου , I will burn thy multitude in the smoke. Some again render the clause, I will burn thy seat, or thy habitation, observing, that the simile taken from lions is continued; and therefore that the word chariots is quite improper here; the expression referring to the den or habitation of lions, which he threatens to suffocate with fire and smoke in their subterraneous caverns. The sword shall devour thy young lions Shall destroy thy young people, and the most vigorous of thy soldiers. I will cut off thy prey from the earth I will prevent thy spoiling any country any more. And the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard Thou shalt no more send ambassadors with thy orders to distant countries, either to encourage thine allies or to terrify thine enemies.

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