Zephaniah 2:13
New International Version
He will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria, leaving Nineveh utterly desolate and dry as the desert.

New Living Translation
And the LORD will strike the lands of the north with his fist, destroying the land of Assyria. He will make its great capital, Nineveh, a desolate wasteland, parched like a desert.

English Standard Version
And he will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria, and he will make Nineveh a desolation, a dry waste like the desert.

Berean Study Bible
And He will stretch out His hand against the north and destroy Assyria; He will make Nineveh a desolation, as dry as a desert.

New American Standard Bible
And He will stretch out His hand against the north And destroy Assyria, And He will make Nineveh a desolation, Parched like the wilderness.

King James Bible
And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.

Christian Standard Bible
He will also stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria; he will make Nineveh a desolate ruin, dry as the desert.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD will reach to the north to crush Assyria and overthrow Nineveh.

Good News Translation
The LORD will use his power to destroy Assyria. He will make the city of Nineveh a deserted ruin, a waterless desert.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He will also stretch out His hand against the north and destroy Assyria; He will make Nineveh a desolate ruin, dry as the desert.

International Standard Version
"And the LORD will attack the north, destroying Assyria. He will turn Nineveh into a desolate ruin, as dry as a desert wilderness.

NET Bible
The LORD will attack the north and destroy Assyria. He will make Nineveh a heap of ruins; it will be as barren as the desert.

New Heart English Bible
He will stretch out his hand against the north, destroy Assyria, and will make Nineveh a desolation, as dry as the wilderness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD will use his power against the north and destroy Assyria. He will turn Nineveh into a deserted ruin, a dried up wasteland like the desert.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And He will stretch out His hand against the north, And destroy Assyria; And will make Nineveh a desolation, And dry like the wilderness.

New American Standard 1977
And He will stretch out His hand against the north And destroy Assyria, And He will make Nineveh a desolation, Parched like the wilderness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he will stretch out his hand over the north wind and destroy Assyria and will make Nineveh a desolation and dry like a wilderness.

King James 2000 Bible
And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.

American King James Version
And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.

American Standard Version
And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria, and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like the wilderness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he shall stretch forth his hand against the north and destroy the Assyrian, and make Nineve a dry wilderness, even as a desert.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he will stretch out his hand upon the north, and will destroy Assyria: and he will make the beautiful city a wilderness, and as a place not passable, and as a desert.

Darby Bible Translation
And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, a place of drought like the wilderness.

English Revised Version
And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like the wilderness.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.

World English Bible
He will stretch out his hand against the north, destroy Assyria, and will make Nineveh a desolation, as dry as the wilderness.

Young's Literal Translation
And He stretcheth His hand against the north, And doth destroy Asshur, And he setteth Nineveh for a desolation, A dry land like a wilderness.
Study Bible
The Judgment on Cush and Assyria
12You too, O Cushites, will be slain by My sword. 13And He will stretch out His hand against the north and destroy Assyria; He will make Nineveh a desolation, as dry as a desert. 14Herds will lie down in her midst, creatures of every kind. Both the desert owl and screech owl will roost atop her pillars. Their calls will sound from the window, but desolation will lie on the threshold, for He will expose the beams of cedar.…
Cross References
Isaiah 10:5
Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger; the staff in their hands is My wrath.

Isaiah 10:16
Therefore the Lord GOD of Hosts will send a wasting disease among Assyria's stout warriors, and under his pomp will be kindled a fire like a burning flame.

Isaiah 14:26
This is the plan devised for the whole earth, and this is the hand stretched out over all the nations.

Isaiah 37:37
So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned home to Nineveh and stayed there.

Jeremiah 49:33
Hazor will become a haunt of jackals, a desolation forever. No one will reside there; no man will dwell there."

Jonah 1:2
"Arise! Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before Me."

Jonah 3:2
"Arise! Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim the message that I will give you."

Micah 5:6
And they will rule the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod with the blade drawn. So He will deliver us when Assyria invades our land, and tramples our citadels.

Nahum 1:1
This is the oracle of Nineveh, the book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite:

Nahum 3:7
Then all who see you will recoil from you and say, 'Nineveh is devastated; who will grieve for her?' Where can I find comforters for you?"

Zephaniah 1:4
"I will stretch out My hand against Judah and against all who dwell in Jerusalem. I will cut off from this place every remnant of Baal, the names of the idolatrous and pagan priests--

Zechariah 10:11
They will pass through the sea of distress and strike the waves of the sea; all the depths of the Nile will dry up. The pride of Assyria will be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt will depart.

Treasury of Scripture

And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.

he will.

Psalm 83:8,9
Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah…

Isaiah 10:12,16
Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks…

Isaiah 11:11
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

will make.

Nahum 1:1
The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

Nahum 2:10,11
She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness…

Nahum 3:7,15,18,19
And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee? …







Lexicon
And He will stretch out
וְיֵ֤ט (wə·yêṭ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5186: To stretch out, spread out, extend, incline, bend

His hand
יָדוֹ֙ (yā·ḏōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

against
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the north
צָפ֔וֹן (ṣā·p̄ō·wn)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6828: Hidden, dark, the north as a, quarter

and destroy
וִֽיאַבֵּ֖ד (wî·’ab·bêḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6: To wander away, lose oneself, to perish

Assyria;
אַשּׁ֑וּר (’aš·šūr)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 804: Ashshur

He will make
וְיָשֵׂ֤ם (wə·yā·śêm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

Nineveh
נִֽינְוֵה֙ (nî·nə·wêh)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5210: Nineveh -- capital of Assyr

a desolation,
לִשְׁמָמָ֔ה (liš·mā·māh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8077: Devastation, astonishment

as dry
צִיָּ֖ה (ṣî·yāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6723: Aridity, a desert

as a desert.
כַּמִּדְבָּֽר׃ (kam·miḏ·bār)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4057: A pasture, a desert, speech
Verse 13. - The north, represented by Assyria, as yet unconquered, and still apparently flourishing. Though this country lay to the northeast of Palestine, its armies attacked from the north, and it is generally represented as a northern power. Its destruction was foretold (Isaiah 10:12; Ezekiel 31:11, etc.; Nahum 1:14, etc.). In this verse the Hebrew verbs are not in the simple future, but in the imperative or optative mood, "Let him stretch out his hand," etc., as though the prophet were praying that the enemies of his people might be overthrown. Nineveh. St. Jerome gives speciosam, rendering the proper name according to his notion of its Hebrew etymology. Its proper meaning, in Accadian, would be "Fish house,". i.e. house consecrated to the god of fish. (For a description of Nineveh, see note on Jonah 1:2. For the destruction of Nineveh, see the Introduction to Nahum, § I.) Dry like a wilderness. The country shall become an and desert. Assyria was greatly indebted for its remarkable fertility to a very successful system of artificial irrigation, and when this was not maintained, great tracts soon relapsed into a wilderness (Layard, 'Nineveh,' 2:68). "Cultivation," says Professor Rawlinson, "is now the exception instead of the rule. 'Instead of the luxuriant fields, the groves and gardens of former times, nothing now meets the eye but an arid waste' (Chesny). Large tracts are covered by unwholesome marshes, producing nothing but enormous reeds; others lie waste and bare, parched up by the fierce heat of the sun, and utterly destitute of water; in some places sand drifts accumulate, and threaten to make the whole region a mere portion of the desert" ('Anc. Men.,' 1:41). 2:4-15 Those are really in a woful condition who have the word of the Lord against them, for no word of his shall fall to the ground. God will restore his people to their rights, though long kept from them. It has been the common lot of God's people, in all ages, to be reproached and reviled. God shall be worshipped, not only by all Israel, and the strangers who join them, but by the heathen. Remote nations must be reckoned with for the wrongs done to God's people. The sufferings of the insolent and haughty in prosperity, are unpitied and unlamented. But all the desolations of flourishing nations will make way for the overturning Satan's kingdom. Let us improve our advantages, and expect the performance of every promise, praying that our Father's name may be hallowed every where, over all the earth.
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