Nahum 1

1 a  An oracle concerning b  Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.

God’s Wrath Against Nineveh

2 c  The  Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the  Lord is avenging and wrathful;
d  the  Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries
and e  keeps wrath for his enemies.
3 f  The  Lord is slow to anger and g  great in power,
and h  the  Lord will by no means clear the guilty.
i  His way is in whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
4 j  He rebukes the sea and makes it dry;
he dries up all the rivers;
k  Bashan and l  Carmel wither;
the bloom of m  Lebanon withers.
5 n  The mountains quake before him;
o  the hills melt;
the earth heaves before him,
p  the world and all who dwell in it.
6 q  Who can stand before his indignation?
Who can endure the heat of his anger?
His wrath r  is poured out like fire,
and s  the rocks are broken into pieces by him.
7 t  The  Lord is good,
u  a stronghold in the day of trouble;
v  he knows those who take refuge in him.
8But w  with an overflowing flood
he will make a complete end of the adversaries
Hebrew  of her place

and y  will pursue his enemies into darkness.
9What z  do you plot against the  Lord?
aa  He will make a complete end;
trouble will not rise up a second time.
10For they are ab  like entangled thorns,
like drunkards as they drink;
ac  they are consumed like stubble fully dried.
11From you came one
ad  who plotted evil against the  Lord,
a worthless counselor.
12 Thus says the  Lord,
Though they are at full strength and many,
ae  they will be cut down and pass away.
af  Though I have afflicted you,
I will afflict you no more.
13And now ag  I will break his yoke from off you
and will burst your bonds apart.”
14 The  Lord has given commandment about you:
ah  “No more shall your name be perpetuated;
from ai  the house of your gods I will cut off
the carved image and the metal image.
aj  I will make your grave, ak  for you are vile.”
15
Ch 2:1 in Hebrew
am  Behold, upon the mountains, an  the feet of him
who brings good news,
who publishes peace!
ao  Keep your feasts, O Judah;
ap  fulfill your vows,
aq  for never again shall the worthless pass through you;
he is utterly cut off.
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