Nahum 2:4
New International Version
The chariots storm through the streets, rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches; they dart about like lightning.

New Living Translation
The chariots race recklessly along the streets and rush wildly through the squares. They flash like firelight and move as swiftly as lightning.

English Standard Version
The chariots race madly through the streets; they rush to and fro through the squares; they gleam like torches; they dart like lightning.

Berean Study Bible
The chariots dash through the streets; they rush around the plazas, appearing like torches, darting about like lightning.

King James Bible
The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.

New King James Version
The chariots rage in the streets, They jostle one another in the broad roads; They seem like torches, They run like lightning.

New American Standard Bible
The chariots drive wildly in the streets, They rush around in the public squares; Their appearance is like torches, They drive back and forth like lightning flashes.

NASB 1995
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.

NASB 1977
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.

Amplified Bible
The chariots race madly in the streets; They rush wildly in the broad plazas. Their appearance is like torches; They rush in various directions like forked lightning.

Christian Standard Bible
The chariots dash madly through the streets; they rush around in the plazas. They look like torches; they dart back and forth like lightning.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The chariots dash madly through the streets; they rush around in the plazas. They look like torches; they dart back and forth like lightning.

American Standard Version
The chariots rage in the streets; they rush to and fro in the broad ways: the appearance of them is like torches; they run like the lightnings.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And in the streets they sing in their chariots and they are boasting, and their appearance is like lamps and they run like lightning

Brenton Septuagint Translation
in the ways, and the chariots shall clash together, and shall be entangled in each other in the broad ways: their appearance is as lamps of fire, and as gleaming lightnings.

Contemporary English Version
Their horses prance, and their armored chariots dart around like lightning or flaming torches.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They are in confusion in the ways, the chariots jostle one against another in the streets: their looks are like torches, like lightning running to and fro.

English Revised Version
The chariots rage in the streets, they justle one against another in the broad ways: the appearance of them is like torches, they run like the lightnings.

Good News Translation
Chariots dash wildly through the streets, rushing back and forth in the city squares. They flash like torches and dart about like lightning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Chariots are racing madly through the streets, rushing this way and that in the city squares. They look like torches, like lightning, as they dart about.

International Standard Version
Their chariots storm through the streets, jostling each other along broad avenues. They look like torches, as they dart around like lightning.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The chariots rush madly in the streets, They jostle one against another in the broad places; The appearance of them is like torches, They run to and fro like the lightnings.

Literal Standard Version
In out-places the chariots shine, They go to and fro in broad places, Their appearances [are] like torches, As lightnings they run.

NET Bible
The chariots race madly through the streets, they rush back and forth in the broad plazas; they look like lightning bolts, they dash here and there like flashes of lightning.

New Heart English Bible
The chariots rage in the streets. They rush back and forth in the broad ways. Their appearance is like torches. They run like the lightnings.

World English Bible
The chariots rage in the streets. They rush back and forth in the broad ways. Their appearance is like torches. They run like the lightnings.

Young's Literal Translation
In out-places shine do the chariots, They go to and fro in broad places, Their appearances are like torches, As lightnings they run.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Overthrow of Nineveh
3The shields of his mighty men are red; the valiant warriors are dressed in scarlet. The fittings of the chariots flash like fire on the day they are prepared, and the spears of cypress have been brandished. 4The chariots dash through the streets; they rush around the plazas, appearing like torches, darting about like lightning. 5He summons his nobles; they stumble as they advance. They race to its wall; the protective shield is set in place.…

Cross References
Isaiah 66:15
For behold, the LORD will come with fire--His chariots are like a whirlwind--to execute His anger with fury and His rebuke with flames of fire.

Jeremiah 4:13
Behold, he advances like the clouds, his chariots like the whirlwind. His horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, for we are ruined!

Jeremiah 46:9
Advance, O horses! Race furiously, O chariots! Let the warriors come forth--Cush and Put carrying their shields, men of Lydia drawing the bow.

Ezekiel 23:24
They will come against you with a host of peoples, with weapons, chariots, and wagons. They will array themselves against you on every side with buckler and shield and helmet. I will delegate judgment to them, and they will punish you according to their own standards.

Ezekiel 26:7
For this is what the Lord GOD says: 'Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses and chariots, with cavalry and a great company of troops.

Ezekiel 26:10
His multitude of horses will cover you in their dust. When he enters your gates as an army entering a breached city, your walls will shake from the noise of cavalry, wagons, and chariots.

Nahum 3:2
The crack of the whip, the rumble of the wheel, galloping horse and bounding chariot!


Treasury of Scripture

The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall jostle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightning.

chariots.

Nahum 3:2,3
The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots…

Isaiah 37:24
By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of his Carmel.

Isaiah 66:15
For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

they shall seem.









Verse 4. - The chariots shall rage in the streets. The chariots rave, dash madly (Jeremiah 46:9) about the open ways in the suburbs, or in the plains of the country. The description still appertains to the besiegers, who are so numerous that to the Ninevites, looking from their walls, their chariots seem to dash against one another. They shall seem - their appearance is - like torches. Thus is described the gleaming of the chariots and the armour (see on ver. 3; 1 Macc. 6:39, "Now when the sun shone upon the shields of gold and brass, the mountains glistered therewith, and shined like lamps of fire").

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The chariots
הָרֶ֔כֶב (hā·re·ḵeḇ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7393: A vehicle, a team, cavalry, a rider, the upper millstone

dash
יִתְהוֹלְל֣וּ (yiṯ·hō·wl·lū)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1984: To shine

through the streets;
בַּֽחוּצוֹת֙ (ba·ḥū·ṣō·wṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 2351: Separate by a, wall, outside, outdoors

they rush around
יִֽשְׁתַּקְשְׁק֖וּן (yiš·taq·šə·qūn)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's 8264: To course, to seek greedily

the plazas,
בָּרְחֹב֑וֹת (bā·rə·ḥō·ḇō·wṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 7339: A broad open place, plaza

appearing
מַרְאֵיהֶן֙ (mar·’ê·hen)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine plural
Strong's 4758: Sight, appearance, vision

like torches,
כַּלַּפִּידִ֔ם (kal·lap·pî·ḏim)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3940: A flambeau, lamp, flame

darting about
יְרוֹצֵֽצוּ׃ (yə·rō·w·ṣê·ṣū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7323: To run

like lightning.
כַּבְּרָקִ֖ים (kab·bə·rā·qîm)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1300: Lightning, a gleam, a flashing sword


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