Nahum 1:1–2:13

*aThe burden of bNineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the


||dGod is jealous, and ethe Lord revengeth;

The Lord revengeth, and is furious;

The Lord will take vengeance fon his adversaries,

And ghe reserveth wrath for his enemies.

The Lord is hslow to anger, and igreat in power,

And kwill not at all acquit the wicked:

lThe Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in mthe storm,

And the clouds are the dust of his feet.

nHe rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry,

And drieth up all the rivers:

opBashan qlanguisheth, and opCarmel,

And the flower of oLebanon qlanguisheth.

rThe mountains quake at him, and sthe hills melt,

And the earth tis burned at his presence,

Yea, uthe world, and all that dwell therein.

vwWho can stand before his indignation?

And who can abide in xthe fierceness of his anger?

His fury yis poured out wlike fire,

And zthe rocks are thrown down by him.

aThe Lord is good, ba ||strong hold in the day of trouble;

And che knoweth dthem that trust in him.

But with ean overrunning flood he will fmake an utter end of gthe place thereof,

And darkness shall pursue his enemies.

What hdo ye imagine against the Lord?

fHe will make an utter end:

Affliction shall not rise up ithe second time.

10  For while they be kfolden together las thorns,

And mwhile they are drunken as drunkards,

nThey shall be devoured as stubble nnfully dry.

11  There is one come out of thee, hothat imagineth evil against the Lord,

oA wicked counseller.

12  Thus saith the Lord;

||Though they be pquiet, and likewise many,

Yet thus qshall they be cut down, when he shall rpass through.

sThough I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

13  For now twill I break his yoke from off thee,

And twill burst thy bonds in sunder.

14  And the Lord hath given a commandment concerning thee,

That uno more of thy name be sown:

vOut of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image:

I vwill make thy grave; for wthou art vile.

15  Behold xupon the mountains ythe feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace!

O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, zperform thy vows:

For othe wicked shall no more rapass through thee;

vHe is utterly cut off.

2 ||He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face:

cKeep the munition, dwatch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily.

ddFor the Lord hath turned away ||ethe excellency of Jacob,

As the excellency of Israel:

For gthe emptiers have emptied them out,

And hmarred their vine branches.

The shield of his mighty men is imade red,

The valiant men are ||kin scarlet:

The chariots shall be with ||flaming ltorches in the day of his preparation,

And the fir trees shall be mterribly shaken.

nThe chariots shall nnrage in the streets,

They shall ojustle one against another in the broad ways:

They shall seem like torches,

They shall orun like the lightnings.

He shall recount his ||worthies:

pThey shall stumble in their walk;

They shall make haste to the wall thereof,

And the defence shall be prepared.

rThe gates of the rivers shall be opened,

And the palace shall be ||sdissolved.

And ||uHuzzab shall be ||vled away captive, she shall be brought up,

And her maids shall lead her as with the voice of wdoves,

xTabering upon their breasts.

But yNineveh is ||of old like za pool of water:

Yet athey shall flee away.

Stand, stand, bshall they cry; but none shall ||clook back.

Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold:

||For there is none end of dthe store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.

10  eShe is empty, and void, and fwaste:

And gthe heart melteth, and hthe knees smite together,

And himuch pain is in all loins,

And kthe faces of them all gather blackness.

11  Where is the dwelling of lthe lions,

And the feedingplace of the lmyoung lions,

Where lnthe lion, even lmnthe old lion, walked,

And lnthe lion’s whelp, and onone made them afraid?

12  lpThe lion did tear in pieces enough qfor his whelps,

And strangled for his rlionesses,

And pfilled his holes swith prey,

And his dens with ravin.

13  tBehold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts,

And uI will burn her chariots in the smoke,

And the sword shall devour lthy young lions:

And I will cut off sthy prey from the earth,

And the voice of vthy messengers shall no more be heard.

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