▼oracle: A prophetic speech of a threatening or menacing character, often against the nationsoracle concerning Nineveh. b The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
God’s Vengeance2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord takes vengeance
and is fierce in ▼
▼Lit is a master ofwrath.
The Lord takes vengeance against His foes;
He is furious with His enemies. d
3 The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
the Lord will never leave the ▼
▼guilt/guilty: The liability to be punished for a fault, a sin, an act, or an omission unless there is forgiveness or atonement; the term normally concerns an objective fact, not a subjective feeling.guilty unpunished. f
His path is in the whirlwind and storm,
and clouds are the dust beneath His feet.
4 He rebukes the sea so that it dries up,
and He makes all the rivers run dry. g
Bashan and Carmel wither; h
even the flower of Lebanon withers.
5 The mountains quake before Him,
and the hills melt;
the earth trembles ▼
▼Some emend to earth is laid waste, ▼
▼Lit liftsat His presence –
the world and all who live in it. k
6 Who can withstand His indignation?
Who can endure His burning anger? l
His wrath is poured out like fire,
even rocks are shattered before Him.
Destruction of Nineveh7 The Lord is good,
a stronghold in a day of distress;
He cares for those who take refuge m in Him.
8 But He will completely destroy Nineveh ▼
▼Lit her place
with an overwhelming flood o
and He will chase His enemies into darkness.
9 Whatever you ▼
▼= Ninevehplot against the Lord,
He will bring it to complete destruction; q
oppression will not rise up a second time.
10 For they will be consumed
like entangled thorns r
like the drink of a drunkard
and like straw that is fully dry. ▼
11 One has gone out from you, ▼
who plots evil against ▼
▼Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.Yahweh,
and is a wicked counselor.
Promise of Judah’s Deliverance12 This is what the Lord says:Though they are strong ▼
▼Lit intactand numerous,
they will still be mowed down,
and he ▼
▼Either the king of Assyria or his armywill pass away.
Though I have afflicted you, ▼
▼= Judah, y
I will afflict you no longer. z
13 For I will now break off his yoke from you
and tear off your shackles.
The Assyrian King’s Demise14 The Lord has issued an order concerning you:There will be no offspring
to carry on your name. ▼
▼Lit It will not be sown from your name any longer, ab
I will eliminate the carved idol and cast image
from the house of your gods; ac
I will prepare your grave,
for you are contemptible.
▼Nah 2:1 in HbLook to the mountains –
the feet of one bringing good news ae
and proclaiming peace!
Celebrate your festivals, Judah;
fulfill your vows.
For the wicked one will never again
march through you;
he will be entirely wiped out.
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