The Oracle of Nineveh1 This is the oracle of Nineveh, the book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite: 2 The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and full of wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on His foes and reserves [wrath] for His enemies. 3 The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. His path is in the whirlwind and storm, and clouds are the dust beneath His feet. 4 He rebukes the sea and dries it up; He makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither, and the flower of Lebanon wilts. 5 The mountains quake before Him, and the hills melt away; the earth trembles at His presence— the world and all its dwellers. 6 Who can withstand His indignation? Who can endure His burning anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; even rocks are shattered before Him. 7 The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of distress; He cares for those who trust in Him. 8 But with an overflowing flood, He will make an end [of Nineveh] ▼
▼ Hebrew of her placeand pursue His enemies into darkness. 9 Whatever you plot against the LORD, He will bring to an end. Affliction will not rise up a second time. 10 For they will be entangled as with thorns and consumed like the drink of a drunkard— like stubble that is fully dry. 11 From you, [O Nineveh] , comes forth a plotter of evil against the LORD, a counselor of wickedness. 12 This is what the LORD says: “Though they are allied and numerous, yet they will be cut down and pass away. Though I have afflicted you, [O Judah] , I will afflict you no longer. 13 For from you I will now break off his yoke and tear away your shackles.” 14 The LORD has issued a command concerning you, [O Nineveh] : “There will be no descendants to carry on your name. I will cut off the carved image and cast idol from the house of your gods; I will prepare your grave, for you are contemptible.” 15 Look to the mountains— the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your feasts, O Judah; fulfill your vows. For the wicked will never again march through you; they will be utterly cut off.
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