Nahum 3:2
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New International Version
The crack of whips, the clatter of wheels, galloping horses and jolting chariots!

New Living Translation
Hear the crack of whips, the rumble of wheels! Horses' hooves pound, and chariots clatter wildly.

English Standard Version
The crack of the whip, and rumble of the wheel, galloping horse and bounding chariot!

New American Standard Bible
The noise of the whip, The noise of the rattling of the wheel, Galloping horses And bounding chariots!

King James Bible
The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The crack of the whip and rumble of the wheel, galloping horse and jolting chariot!

International Standard Version
The crack of whips and the clamor of wheels! The galloping horses and the bounding chariots!

NET Bible
The chariot drivers will crack their whips; the chariot wheels will shake the ground; the chariot horses will gallop; the war chariots will bolt forward!

New Heart English Bible
The noise of the whip, the noise of the rattling of wheels, prancing horses, and bounding chariots,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The sound of the whip! The sound of rattling wheels! Horses gallop! Chariots bounce along!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hark! the whip, and hark! the rattling of the wheels; And prancing horses, and bounding chariots;

New American Standard 1977
The noise of the whip,
            The noise of the rattling of the wheel,
            Galloping horses,
            And bounding chariots!

Jubilee Bible 2000
The noise of the whip and the noise of the rattling of the wheels and of the prancing horses and of the jumping chariots shall be heard in thee.

King James 2000 Bible
The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the prancing horses, and of the jolting chariots.

American King James Version
The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the prancing horses, and of the jumping chariots.

American Standard Version
The noise of the whip, and the noise of the rattling of wheels, and prancing horses, and bounding chariots,

Douay-Rheims Bible
The noise of the whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the neighing horse, and of the running chariot, and of the horsemen coming up,

Darby Bible Translation
The crack of the whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the prancing horses, and of the bounding chariots!

English Revised Version
The noise of the whip, and the noise of the rattling of wheels; and pransing horses, and jumping chariots;

Webster's Bible Translation
The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the prancing horses, and of the bounding chariots.

World English Bible
The noise of the whip, the noise of the rattling of wheels, prancing horses, and bounding chariots,

Young's Literal Translation
The sound of a whip, And the sound of the rattling of a wheel, And of a prancing horse, and of a bounding chariot, Of a horseman mounting.
Study Bible
Judgment against Nineveh
1Woe to the bloody city, completely full of lies and pillage; Her prey never departs. 2The noise of the whip, The noise of the rattling of the wheel, Galloping horses And bounding chariots! 3Horsemen charging, Swords flashing, spears gleaming, Many slain, a mass of corpses, And countless dead bodies-- They stumble over the dead bodies!…
Cross References
Job 39:22
"He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; And he does not turn back from the sword.

Jeremiah 47:3
"Because of the noise of the galloping hoofs of his stallions, The tumult of his chariots, and the rumbling of his wheels, The fathers have not turned back for their children, Because of the limpness of their hands,

Nahum 2:3
The shields of his mighty men are colored red, The warriors are dressed in scarlet, The chariots are enveloped in flashing steel When he is prepared to march, And the cypress spears are brandished.

Nahum 2:4
The 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.
Treasury of Scripture

The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the prancing horses, and of the jumping chariots.

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Nahum 2:3,4 The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet…

Judges 5:22 Then were the horse hoofs broken by the means of the prancings, the …

Job 39:22-25 He mocks at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turns he back from the sword…

Isaiah 9:5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments …

Jeremiah 47:3 At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses, at …

(2) The noise of . . .--Better, Hark to the whip, and hark to the rattling of the wheel, and the horse galloping, and the chariot bounding. The entry of the victorious besiegers is here described.

Verse 2. - The noise of a whip. The prophet describes the advance of the investing army. He hears the cracking of the whips of the charioteers, and the rattling of the wheels of the chariots, and the galloping horses, and the chariots bounding over the plain. Probably all the expressions in this verso refer to chariots and to horses yoked to them, which varied in number from one to three. The whip was a simple thong attached to a short handle. Comp. Virg., 'Georg.,' 3:106, etc. -

"... illi instant verbere torto
Et proni dant lora, volat vi fervidus axis;
Jamque humiles, jamque elati sublime videntur
Aera per vacuum ferri, atque adsurgere in auras."
The noise of a whip,.... Of a horseman or chariot driver whipping his horses to make speed to Nineveh, and enter into it, so near as to be heard by the inhabitants of it; and is thus represented in order to strike terror into them:

and the noise of the rattling of the wheels; that is, of the chariots upon the stones, whose drivers drove Jehu like, making the utmost haste they could to get in first, and seize the prey:

and of the pransing horses; or bounding steeds, upon a full gallop; either with horsemen on them riding full speed to partake of the booty; or in chariots, in which they caper and prance, and shake the ground as they go; hence it follows:

and of the jumping chariots; which, through the swiftness of the motion, seem to leap and dance as they run along. 2. The reader is transported into the midst of the fight (compare Jer 47:3). The "noise of the whips" urging on the horses (in the chariots) is heard, and of "the rattling of the wheels" of war chariots, and the "horses" are seen "prancing," and the "chariots jumping," etc.3:1-7 When proud sinners are brought down, others should learn not to lift themselves up. The fall of this great city should be a lesson to private persons, who increase wealth by fraud and oppression. They are preparing enemies for themselves; and if the Lord sees good to punish them in this world, they will have none to pity them. Every man who seeks his own prosperity, safety, and peace, should not only act in an upright, honourable manner, but with kindness to all.
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