Nahum 2:5
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New International Version
Nineveh summons her picked troops, yet they stumble on their way. They dash to the city wall; the protective shield is put in place.

New Living Translation
The king shouts to his officers; they stumble in their haste, rushing to the walls to set up their defenses.

English Standard Version
He remembers his officers; they stumble as they go, they hasten to the wall; the siege tower is set up.

New American Standard Bible
He remembers his nobles; They stumble in their march, They hurry to her wall, And the mantelet is set up.

King James Bible
He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He gives orders to his officers; they stumble as they advance. They race to its wall; the protective shield is set in place.

International Standard Version
He will remember to summon his finest troops. They will stumble on their way, hurrying over to Nineveh's wall. Their defensive shield is in place.

NET Bible
The commander orders his officers; they stumble as they advance; they rush to the city wall and they set up the covered siege tower.

New Heart English Bible
He summons his picked troops. They stumble on their way. They dash to its wall, and the protective shield is put in place.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He remembers his best fighting men. They stumble over themselves as they march. They hurry to Nineveh's wall. The shield has been set up for the battering ram.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He bethinketh himself of his worthies; They stumble in their march; They make haste to the wall thereof, And the mantelet is prepared.

New American Standard 1977
He remembers his nobles;
            They stumble in their march,
            They hurry to her wall,
            And the mantelet is set up.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He shall remember his valiant ones; they shall stumble in their walk when they make haste to their wall, and the covering shall be prepared.

King James 2000 Bible
He shall recount his nobles: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall, and the defense shall be prepared.

American King James Version
He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defense shall be prepared.

American Standard Version
He remembereth his nobles: they stumble in their march; they make haste to the wall thereof, and the mantelet is prepared.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He will muster up his valiant men, they shall stumble in their march: they shall quickly get upon the walls thereof: and a covering shall be prepared.

Darby Bible Translation
He bethinketh him of his nobles: they stumble in their march; they make haste to the wall thereof, and the shelter is prepared.

English Revised Version
He remembereth his worthies: they stumble in their march; they make haste to the wall thereof, and the mantelet is prepared.

Webster's Bible Translation
He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defense shall be prepared.

World English Bible
He summons his picked troops. They stumble on their way. They dash to its wall, and the protective shield is put in place.

Young's Literal Translation
He doth remember his honourable ones, They stumble in their goings, They hasten to its wall, and prepared is the covering.
Study Bible
The Overthrow of Nineveh
4The chariots race madly in the streets, They rush wildly in the squares, Their appearance is like torches, They dash to and fro like lightning flashes. 5He remembers his nobles; They stumble in their march, They hurry to her wall, And the mantelet is set up. 6The gates of the rivers are opened And the palace is dissolved.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 46:12
The nations have heard of your shame, And the earth is full of your cry of distress; For one warrior has stumbled over another, And both of them have fallen down together.

Nahum 2:6
The gates of the rivers are opened And the palace is dissolved.

Nahum 3:18
Your shepherds are sleeping, O king of Assyria; Your nobles are lying down. Your people are scattered on the mountains And there is no one to regather them.
Treasury of Scripture

He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defense shall be prepared.

recount.

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worthies. or, gallants. they shall stumble.

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defence. or, covering, or, coverer.

(5) And the defence shall be prepared.--Better, but [there] the storming-shed has been prepared. Here the surprise and disorder of Nineveh is more plainly portrayed. The Assyrian king bethinks him of his stoutest warriors, but they stumble in their paths in nervous perplexity. Men ran to the city wall, but against it the besiegers have already erected their storming-shed--a proceeding which ought to have been prevented by the discharge of stones and other missiles from the walls. The storming-shed protected the battering-rams. Of the representations of these preserved in the monuments of Nineveh, Professor Rawlinson thus writes: "All of them were covered with a framework, which was of osier wood, felt, or skins, for the better protection of those who worked the implement. . . . Some appear to have been stationary, others provided with wheels. . . . Again, sometimes combined with the ram and its framework was a movable tower containing soldiers, who at once fought the enemy on a level, and protected the engine from their attacks (Ancient Monarchies, i. 470).

Verse 5. - The prophet turns to the Ninevites and their preparations for defence. He shall recount his worthies; he remembers his nobles. The King of Nineveh calls to mind the mighty captains who have often led his armies to victory, and sends them to defend the walls (comp. Nahum 3:18). The LXX., anticipating the next clause, adds here, καὶ φεύξονται ἡμέρας, "and they shall flee by day." They shall stumble in their walk. In their fear and baste, or half drunken, they totter and stumble as they hasten to the walls of the city. The defence shall be prepared; literally, the covering is prepared. If this refers to the operations of the Ninevites, it means some kind of breastwork or fascine erected between the towers; but it most probably depicts the sight that meets their eyes from the wails. They see the besiegers bringing up their mantelets and towers. As used by the Assyrians, the machine called "the covering" is either a wooden tower or a wicker mantelet in which was suspended a battering ram. It stood on four or six wheels, and the larger sort had archers posted in the various stories, both to annoy the enemy and to defend the engine. The rams were provided with lance headed extremities, and must have rather picked at and loosened the courses of bricks of which the walls were composed than battered them down (see Bonomi, 'Nineveh and its Palaces,' pp. 160, 234, 243, etc. Layard, 'Nineveh,' ch. 5. p. 376, etc., figs. 57, 58). The Septuagint rendering applies rather to the besieged, Ἐτοιμάσουσι τὰς προφυλακὰς αὐτῶν, "They shall prepare their defences." He shall recount his worthies,.... Either the dasher in pieces, Nahum 2:1, the kings of Babylon and Media, shall call together their general officers, and muster the forces under then, and put them in mind of their duty, and recount the actions of their ancestors in former times, in order to animate and encourage them to the siege and attack of the city of Nineveh; or the king of Assyria shall recount and muster up his nobles, and the troops under them, to sally out against the enemy, and meet him in the field, and give him battle:

they shall stumble in their walk: being many, and in haste to obey the orders of their commander, shall stumble and fall upon one another; or else the Ninevites in their march out against the enemy shall be discomfited and flee before him, or be dispirited and flee back again:

they shall make haste to the wall thereof; of Nineveh; that is, the Medes and Chaldeans shall make haste thither, to break it down or scale it; or the Ninevites, failing in their sally out, shall betake themselves in all haste to their city walls, and defend themselves under the protection of them:

and the defence shall be prepared; or the "covering": the word (h) used has the signification of a booth or tent, to cover and protect; here it signifies something that was prepared, either by the besiegers, to cover them from the darts and stones of the besieged, as they made their approaches to the walls; or which the besieged covered themselves with from the assaults of the besiegers; rather the former.

(h) "operimentum", Pagninus, Montanus; "integumentum", Calvin; "testudo", Vatablus, Grotius, Cocceius, Burkius. 5. The Assyrian preparations for defense.

He—the Assyrian king.

shall recount his worthies—(Na 3:18). Review, or count over in his mind, his nobles, choosing out the bravest to hasten to the walls and repel the attack. But in vain; for

they shall stumble in their walk—"they shall stumble in their advance" through fear and hurry.

the defence shall be prepared—rather, the covering machine used by besiegers to protect themselves in advancing to the wall. Such sudden transitions, as here from the besieged to the besiegers, are frequent (compare Eze 4:2), [Maurer]. Or, used by the besieged Assyrians [Calvin].2:1-10 Nineveh shall not put aside this judgment; there is no counsel or strength against the Lord. God looks upon proud cities, and brings them down. Particular account is given of the terrors wherein the invading enemy shall appear against Nineveh. The empire of Assyria is represented as a queen, about to be led captive to Babylon. Guilt in the conscience fills men with terror in an evil day; and what will treasures or glory do for us in times of distress, or in the day of wrath? Yet for such things how many lose their souls!
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