Nahum 3:5
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New International Version
"I am against you," declares the LORD Almighty. "I will lift your skirts over your face. I will show the nations your nakedness and the kingdoms your shame.

King James Bible
Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

Darby Bible Translation
behold, I am against thee, saith Jehovah of hosts; and I will uncover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

World English Bible
"Behold, I am against you," says Yahweh of Armies, "and I will lift your skirts over your face. I will show the nations your nakedness, and the kingdoms your shame.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, I am against thee, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts, And have removed thy skirts before thy face, And have shewed nations thy nakedness, And kingdoms thy shame,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I will discover thy skirts upon thy face - It was an ancient, though not a laudable custom, to strip prostitutes naked, or throw their clothes over their heads, and expose them to public view, and public execration. This verse alludes to such a custom.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I am. See on ch.

Nahum 2:13 Behold, I am against you, said the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke...

Ezekiel 23:25 And I will set my jealousy against you, and they shall deal furiously with you: they shall take away your nose and your ears...

I will discover.

Isaiah 47:2,3 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover your locks, make bore the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers...

Jeremiah 13:22,26 And if you say in your heart, Why come these things on me? For the greatness of your iniquity are your skirts discovered...

Ezekiel 16:37 Behold, therefore I will gather all your lovers, with whom you have taken pleasure, and all them that you have loved...

Ezekiel 23:29 And they shall deal with you hatefully, and shall take away all your labor, and shall leave you naked and bore...

Micah 1:11 Pass you away, you inhabitant of Saphir, having your shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel...

Habakkuk 2:16 You are filled with shame for glory: drink you also, and let your foreskin be uncovered...

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

Cross References
Isaiah 47:2
Take millstones and grind flour; take off your veil. Lift up your skirts, bare your legs, and wade through the streams.

Isaiah 47:3
Your nakedness will be exposed and your shame uncovered. I will take vengeance; I will spare no one."

Jeremiah 13:22
And if you ask yourself, "Why has this happened to me?"-- it is because of your many sins that your skirts have been torn off and your body mistreated.

Jeremiah 13:26
I will pull up your skirts over your face that your shame may be seen--

Jeremiah 50:31
"See, I am against you, you arrogant one," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty, "for your day has come, the time for you to be punished.

Ezekiel 16:37
therefore I am going to gather all your lovers, with whom you found pleasure, those you loved as well as those you hated. I will gather them against you from all around and will strip you in front of them, and they will see you stark naked.

Ezekiel 21:3
and say to her: 'This is what the LORD says: I am against you. I will draw my sword from its sheath and cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked.

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