Assyria, Facts Of
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Shem’s sons were Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram.
Cush fathered Nimrod, who was the first powerful man on earth. He was a powerful hunter in the sight of the Lord. That is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a powerful hunter in the sight of the Lord.” His kingdom started with Babylon, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.read more.
From that land he went to Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-ir, Calah, and Resen, between Nineveh and the great city Calah.
From that land he went to Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-ir, Calah,
Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger—
the staff in their hands is My wrath. I will send him against a godless nation;
I will command him to go
against a people destined for My rage,
to take spoils, to plunder,
and to trample them down like clay in the streets. But this is not what he intends;
this is not what he plans.
It is his intent to destroy
and to cut off many nations.read more.
For he says,
“Aren’t all my commanders kings? Isn’t Calno like Carchemish?
Isn’t Hamath like Arpad?
Isn’t Samaria like Damascus? As my hand seized the idolatrous kingdoms,
whose idols exceeded those of Jerusalem and Samaria, and as I did to Samaria and its idols
will I not also do to Jerusalem and its idols?” But when the Lord finishes all His work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, He will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for his arrogant acts and the proud look in his eyes.” For he said:I have done this by my own strength
and wisdom, for I am clever.
I abolished the borders of nations
and plundered their treasures;
like a mighty warrior, I subjugated the inhabitants. My hand has reached out, as if into a nest,
to seize the wealth of the nations.
Like one gathering abandoned eggs,
I gathered the whole earth.
No wing fluttered;
no beak opened or chirped. Does an ax exalt itself
above the one who chops with it?
Does a saw magnify itself
above the one who saws with it?
It would be like a staff waving the one who lifts it!
It would be like a rod lifting a man who isn’t wood!
Woe to the city of blood,
full of plunder,
never without prey. The crack of the whip
and rumble of the wheel,
and jolting chariot! Charging horseman,
heaps of slain,
mounds of corpses,
dead bodies without end—
they stumble over their dead.read more.
Because of the continual prostitution of the prostitute,
the attractive mistress of sorcery,
who betrays nations by her prostitution
and clans by her witchcraft, I am against you.
This is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.
I will lift your skirts over your face
and display your nakedness to nations,
your shame to kingdoms. I will throw filth on you
and treat you with contempt;
I will make a spectacle of you. Then all who see you will recoil from you, saying,
“Nineveh is devastated;
who will show sympathy to her?”
Where can I find anyone to comfort you? Are you better than Thebes
that sat along the Nile
with water surrounding her,
whose rampart was the sea,
the river her wall? Cush and Egypt were her endless source of strength;
Put and Libya were among her allies. Yet she became an exile;
she went into captivity.
Her children were also dashed to pieces
at the head of every street.
They cast lots for her dignitaries,
and all her nobles were bound in chains. You also will become drunk;
you will hide yourself.
You also will seek refuge from the enemy. All your fortresses are fig trees
with figs that ripened first;
when shaken, they fall—
right into the mouth of the eater! Look, your troops are like women among you;
the gates of your land
are wide open to your enemies.
Fire will devour the bars of your gates. Draw water for the siege;
strengthen your fortresses.
Step into the clay and tread the mortar;
take hold of the brick-mold! The fire will devour you there;
the sword will cut you down.
It will devour you like the young locust.
Multiply yourselves like the young locust,
multiply like the swarming locust! You have made your merchants
more numerous than the stars of the sky.
The young locust strips the land
and flies away. Your court officials are like the swarming locust,
and your scribes like clouds of locusts,
which settle on the walls on a cold day;
when the sun rises, they take off,
and no one knows where they are. King of Assyria, your shepherds slumber;
your officers sleep.
Your people are scattered across the mountains
with no one to gather them together. There is no remedy for your injury;
your wound is severe.
All who hear the news about you
will clap their hands because of you,
for who has not experienced
your constant cruelty?
The Lord will bring on you, your people, and the house of your father, such a time as has never been since Ephraim separated from Judah—the king of Assyria is coming.” On that day
the Lord will whistle to the fly
that is at the farthest streams of the Nile
and to the bee that is in the land of Assyria. All of them will come and settle
in the steep ravines, in the clefts of the rocks,
in all the thornbushes, and in all the water holes.read more.
On that day the Lord will use a razor hired from beyond the Euphrates River—the king of Assyria—to shave the head, the hair on the legs, and to remove the beard as well.
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