Nahum 3:14
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New International Version
Draw water for the siege, strengthen your defenses! Work the clay, tread the mortar, repair the brickwork!

New Living Translation
Get ready for the siege! Store up water! Strengthen the defenses! Go into the pits to trample clay, and pack it into molds, making bricks to repair the walls.

English Standard Version
Draw water for the siege; strengthen your forts; go into the clay; tread the mortar; take hold of the brick mold!

New American Standard Bible
Draw for yourself water for the siege! Strengthen your fortifications! Go into the clay and tread the mortar! Take hold of the brick mold!

King James Bible
Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Draw water for the siege; strengthen your fortresses. Step into the clay and tread the mortar; take hold of the brick-mold!

International Standard Version
"Draw water, because a siege is coming! Strengthen your fortresses! Make the clay good and strong! Mix the mortar! Go get your brick molds!

NET Bible
Draw yourselves water for a siege! Strengthen your fortifications! Trample the mud and tread the clay! Make mud bricks to strengthen your walls!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Store water for the siege! Strengthen your defenses! Step into the claypits and trample the clay! Grab the brick mold!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Draw thee water for the siege, Strengthen thy fortresses; Go into the clay, and tread the mortar, Lay hold of the brickmould.

New American Standard 1977
Draw for yourself water for the siege!
            Strengthen your fortifications!
            Go into the clay and tread the mortar!
            Take hold of the brick mold!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the mortar, make strong the brickkiln.

King James 2000 Bible
Draw your water for the siege, fortify your strongholds: go into the clay, and tread the mortar, make strong the brick kiln.

American King James Version
Draw you waters for the siege, fortify your strong holds: go into clay, and tread the mortar, make strong the brick kiln.

American Standard Version
Draw thee water for the siege; strengthen thy fortresses; go into the clay, and tread the mortar; make strong the brickkiln.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Draw thee water for the siege, build up thy bulwarks: go into the clay, and tread, work it and make brick.

Darby Bible Translation
Draw thee water for the siege, strengthen thy fortresses; go into the clay, and tread the mortar, make strong the brick-kiln.

English Revised Version
Draw thee water for the siege, strengthen thy fortresses: go into the clay, and tread the mortar, make strong the brickkiln.

Webster's Bible Translation
Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the mortar, make strong the brick-kiln.

World English Bible
Draw water for the siege. Strengthen your fortresses. Go into the clay, and tread the mortar. Make the brick kiln strong.

Young's Literal Translation
Waters of a siege draw for thyself, Strengthen thy fortresses, Enter into mire, and tread on clay, Make strong a brick-kiln.
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
13Behold, your people are women in your midst! The gates of your land are opened wide to your enemies; Fire consumes your gate bars. 14Draw for yourself water for the siege! Strengthen your fortifications! Go into the clay and tread the mortar! Take hold of the brick mold! 15There fire will consume you, The sword will cut you down; It will consume you as the locust does. Multiply yourself like the creeping locust, Multiply yourself like the swarming locust.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 32:3
he decided with his officers and his warriors to cut off the supply of water from the springs which were outside the city, and they helped him.

2 Chronicles 32:4
So many people assembled and stopped up all the springs and the stream which flowed through the region, saying, "Why should the kings of Assyria come and find abundant water?"

Jeremiah 46:3
"Line up the shield and buckler, And draw near for the battle!

Nahum 2:1
The one who scatters has come up against you. Man the fortress, watch the road; Strengthen your back, summon all your strength.
Treasury of Scripture

Draw you waters for the siege, fortify your strong holds: go into clay, and tread the mortar, make strong the brick kiln.

Draw.

2 Chronicles 32:3,4,11 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters …

Isaiah 22:9-11 You have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are …

Isaiah 37:25 I have dig, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I …

fortify.

Nahum 2:1 He that dashes in pieces is come up before your face: keep the fortification, …

Isaiah 8:9 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; …

Jeremiah 46:3,4,9 Order you the buckler and shield, and draw near to battle…

Joel 3:9-11 Proclaim you this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty …

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