New International Version
Woe to the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never without victims!
King James Bible
Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not;
Darby Bible Translation
Woe to the bloody city! It is all full of lies [and] violence; the prey departeth not.
World English Bible
Woe to the bloody city! It is all full of lies and robbery. The prey doesn't depart.
Young's Literal Translation
Woe to the city of blood, She is all with lies -- burglary -- full, Prey doth not depart.
Nahum 3:1 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Wo to the bloody city! - Nineveh: the threatenings against which are continued in a strain of invective, astonishing for its richness, variety, and energy. One may hear and see the whip crack, the horses prancing, the wheels rumbling, the chariots bounding after the galloping steeds; the reflection from the drawn and highly polished swords; and the hurled spears, like gashes of lightning, dazzling the eyes; the slain lying in heaps, and horses and chariots stumbling over them! O what a picture, and a true representation of a battle, when one side is broken, and all the cavalry of the conqueror fall in upon them, hewing them down with their swords, and trampling them to pieces under the hoofs of their horses! O! infernal war! Yet sometimes thou art the scourge of the Lord.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
bloody city. Heb. city of bloods. full.
Library"Nineveh, that Great City"
Among the cities of the ancient world in the days of divided Israel one of the greatest was Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian realm. Founded on the fertile bank of the Tigris, soon after the dispersion from the tower of Babel, it had flourished through the centuries until it had become "an exceeding great city of three days' journey." Jonah 3:3. In the time of its temporal prosperity Nineveh was a center of crime and wickedness. Inspiration has characterized it as "the bloody city, . . . full …
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings
Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
"'For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'Woe to the city of bloodshed, to the pot now encrusted, whose deposit will not go away! Take the meat out piece by piece in whatever order it comes.
"'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'Woe to the city of bloodshed! I, too, will pile the wood high.
"I am against you," declares the LORD Almighty. "I will burn up your chariots in smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions. I will leave you no prey on the earth. The voices of your messengers will no longer be heard."
"Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by injustice!
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