Nahum 1:1–2:13

1 A prophecya concerning Nineveh.b The book of the visionc of Nahum the Elkoshite.

The Lord’s Anger Against Nineveh

The Lord is a jealousd and avenging God;

the Lord takes vengeancee and is filled with wrath.

The Lord takes vengeance on his foes

and vents his wrath against his enemies.f

The Lord is slow to angerg but great in power;

the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.h

His way is in the whirlwindi and the storm,j

and cloudsk are the dust of his feet.

He rebukesl the sea and dries it up;m

he makes all the rivers run dry.

Bashan and Carmeln wither

and the blossoms of Lebanon fade.

The mountains quakeo before him

and the hills melt away.p

The earth tremblesq at his presence,

the world and all who live in it.r

Who can withstands his indignation?

Who can enduret his fierce anger?u

His wrath is poured out like fire;v

the rocks are shatteredw before him.

The Lord is good,x

a refuge in times of trouble.y

He cares forz those who trust in him,a

8 but with an overwhelming floodb

he will make an end of Nineveh;

he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness.

Whatever they plotc against the Lord

he will bringa to an end;

trouble will not come a second time.

10 They will be entangled among thornsd

and drunke from their wine;

they will be consumed like dry stubble.b f

11 From you, Nineveh, has one come forth

who plots evil against the Lord

and devises wicked plans.

12 This is what the Lord says:

“Although they have allies and are numerous,

they will be destroyedg and pass away.

Although I have afflicted you, Judah,

I will afflict you no more.h

13 Now I will break their yokei from your neck

and tear your shackles away.”j

14 The Lord has given a command concerning you, Nineveh:

“You will have no descendants to bear your name.k

I will destroy the imagesl and idols

that are in the temple of your gods.

I will prepare your grave,m

for you are vile.”

15 Look, there on the mountains,

the feet of one who brings good news,n

who proclaims peace!o

Celebrate your festivals,p Judah,

and fulfill your vows.

No more will the wicked invade you;q

they will be completely destroyed.c

Nineveh to Fall

2 a An attackerr advances against you, Nineveh.

Guard the fortress,

watch the road,

brace yourselves,

marshal all your strength!

The Lord will restores the splendort of Jacob

like the splendor of Israel,

though destroyers have laid them waste

and have ruined their vines.

The shields of the soldiers are red;

the warriors are clad in scarlet.u

The metal on the chariots flashes

on the day they are made ready;

the spears of juniper are brandished.b

The chariotsv storm through the streets,

rushing back and forth through the squares.

They look like flaming torches;

they dart about like lightning.

Nineveh summons her picked troops,

yet they stumblew on their way.

They dash to the city wall;

the protective shield is put in place.

The river gatesx are thrown open

and the palace collapses.

It is decreedc that Nineveh

be exiled and carried away.

Her female slaves moany like doves

and beat on their breasts.z

Nineveh is like a pool

whose water is draining away.

“Stop! Stop!” they cry,

but no one turns back.

Plunder the silver!

Plunder the gold!

The supply is endless,

the wealth from all its treasures!

10 She is pillaged, plundered, stripped!

Hearts melt,a knees give way,

bodies tremble, every face grows pale.b

11 Where now is the lions’ den,c

the place where they fed their young,

where the lion and lioness went,

and the cubs, with nothing to fear?

12 The lion killedd enough for his cubs

and strangled the prey for his mate,

filling his lairse with the kill

and his dens with the prey.f

13 “I am againstg you,”

declares the Lord Almighty.

“I will burn up your chariots in smoke,h

and the swordi will devour your young lions.

I will leave you no prey on the earth.

The voices of your messengers

will no longer be heard.”j

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