Nahum 3:12
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New International Version
All your fortresses are like fig trees with their first ripe fruit; when they are shaken, the figs fall into the mouth of the eater.

New Living Translation
All your fortresses will fall. They will be devoured like the ripe figs that fall into the mouths of those who shake the trees.

English Standard Version
All your fortresses are like fig trees with first-ripe figs— if shaken they fall into the mouth of the eater.

New American Standard Bible
All your fortifications are fig trees with ripe fruit-- When shaken, they fall into the eater's mouth.

King James Bible
All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All your fortresses are fig trees with figs that ripened first; when shaken, they fall-- right into the mouth of the eater!

International Standard Version
All your defenses are like fig trees with ripe early fruit— when shaken, it falls right into the devourer's mouth.

NET Bible
All your fortifications will be like fig trees with first-ripe fruit: If they are shaken, their figs will fall into the mouth of the eater!

New Heart English Bible
All your fortresses will be like fig trees with the first-ripe figs: if they are shaken, they fall into the mouth of the eater.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All your defenses will be like fig trees with the earliest figs. When shaken, the figs fall into the mouth of the eater.

JPS Tanakh 1917
All thy fortresses shall be like fig-trees with the first-ripe figs: If they be shaken, they fall into the mouth of the eater.

New American Standard 1977
All your fortifications are fig trees with ripe fruit—
            When shaken, they fall into the eater’s mouth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
All thy strongholds are like fig trees with the firstripe figs; if they are shaken, they even fall into the mouth of the eater.

King James 2000 Bible
All your strongholds shall be like fig trees with the first ripe figs: if they are shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

American King James Version
All your strong holds shall be like fig trees with the first ripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

American Standard Version
All thy fortresses shall be like fig-trees with the first-ripe figs: if they be shaken, they fall into the mouth of the eater.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with their green figs: if they be shaken, they shall fall into the mouth of the eater.

Darby Bible Translation
All thy strongholds are [like] fig-trees with the first-ripe figs: if they be shaken, they even fall into the mouth of the eater.

English Revised Version
All thy fortresses shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they fall into the mouth of the eater.

Webster's Bible Translation
All thy strong holds shall be like fig-trees with the first ripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

World English Bible
All your fortresses will be like fig trees with the first-ripe figs: if they are shaken, they fall into the mouth of the eater.

Young's Literal Translation
All thy fortresses are fig-trees with first-fruits, If they are shaken, They have fallen into the mouth of the eater.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:8-19 Strong-holds, even the strongest, are no defence against the judgments of God. They shall be unable to do any thing for themselves. The Chaldeans and Medes would devour the land like canker-worms. The Assyrians also would be eaten up by their own numerous hired troops, which seem to be meant by the word rendered merchants. Those that have done evil to their neighbours, will find it come home to them. Nineveh, and many other cities, states, and empires, have been ruined, and should be a warning to us. Are we better, except as there are some true Christians amongst us, who are a greater security, and a stronger defence, than all the advantages of situation or strength? When the Lord shows himself against a people, every thing they trust in must fail, or prove a disadvantage; but he continues good to Israel. He is a strong-hold for every believer in time of trouble, that cannot be stormed or taken; and he knoweth those that trust in Him.
Study Bible
Judgment against Nineveh
11You too will become drunk, You will be hidden. You too will search for a refuge from the enemy. 12All your fortifications are fig trees with ripe fruit-- When shaken, they fall into the eater's mouth. 13Behold, your people are women in your midst! The gates of your land are opened wide to your enemies; Fire consumes your gate bars.…
Cross References
Revelation 6:13
and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, like unripe figs dropping from a tree shaken by a great wind.

Isaiah 28:4
And the fading flower of its glorious beauty, Which is at the head of the fertile valley, Will be like the first-ripe fig prior to summer, Which one sees, And as soon as it is in his hand, He swallows it.

Jeremiah 24:2
One basket had very good figs, like first-ripe figs, and the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten due to rottenness.
Treasury of Scripture

All your strong holds shall be like fig trees with the first ripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

Habakkuk 1:10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn …

Revelation 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, even as a fig tree casts …

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