Nahum 1


oracle: A prophetic speech of a threatening or menacing character, often against the nations
oracle concerning Nineveh. b The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

God’s Vengeance

2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord takes vengeance
and is fierce in
Lit is a master of
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 lifts
at 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 Nineveh

7 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
= Nineveh
plot 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.
Hb obscure

11 One has gone out from you,
Possibly Nineveh

who plots evil against
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
and is a wicked counselor.

Promise of Judah’s Deliverance

12 This is what the Lord says:

Though they are strong
Lit intact
and numerous,
they will still be mowed down,
and he
Either the king of Assyria or his army
will pass away.
Though I have afflicted you,
= Judah
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 Demise

14 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
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 Hb
Look 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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