Nahum 1

God's Wrath Against Nineveh

1 The 1 burden a against Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

2 God is b jealous, and the LORD avenges;
The LORD avenges and is furious.
The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries,
And He reserves wrath for His enemies;
3 The LORD is c slow to anger and d great in power,
And will not at all acquit the wicked.
e The LORD has His way
In the whirlwind and in the storm,
And the clouds are the dust of His feet.
4 f He rebukes the sea and makes it dry,
And dries up all the rivers.
g Bashan and Carmel wither,
And the flower of Lebanon wilts.
5 The mountains quake before Him,
The hills melt,
And the earth 2 heaves at His presence,
Yes, the world and all who dwell in it.

6 Who can stand before His indignation?
And h who can endure the fierceness of His anger?
His fury is poured out like fire,
And the rocks are thrown down by Him.
7 i The LORD is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And j He knows those who trust in Him.
8 But with an overflowing flood
He will make an utter end of its place,
And darkness will pursue His enemies.
9 k What do you 3 conspire against the LORD?
l He will make an utter end of it.
Affliction will not rise up a second time.
10 For while tangled m like thorns,
n And while drunken like drunkards,
o They shall be devoured like stubble fully dried.
11 From you comes forth one
Who plots evil against the LORD,
A 4 wicked counselor.

12 Thus says the LORD:
"Though they are 5 safe, and likewise many,
Yet in this manner they will be p cut down
When he passes through.
Though I have afflicted you,
I will afflict you no more;
13 For now I will break off his yoke from you,
And burst your bonds apart."

14 The LORD has given a command concerning you:
6 "Your name shall be perpetuated no longer.
Out of the house of your gods
I will cut off the carved image and the molded image.
I will dig your q grave,
For you are r vile." 7

15 Behold, on the mountains
The s feet of him who brings good tidings,
Who proclaims peace!
O Judah, keep your appointed feasts,
Perform your vows.
For the 8 wicked one shall no more pass through you;
He is t utterly cut off.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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