Nahum Chapter 1 |
1A pronouncement on Nineveh: The Book of the Prophecy of Nahum the Elkoshite.
2The Lord is a passionate, avenging God;
The Lord is vengeful and fierce in wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance on His enemies,
He rages against His foes.
3The Lord is slow to anger and of great forbearance,
But the Lord does not remit all punishment.
He travels in whirlwind and storm,
And clouds are the dust on His feet.
4He rebukes the sea and dries it up,
And He makes all rivers fail;
Bashan and Carmel languish,
And the blossoms of Lebanon wither.
5The mountains quake because of Him,
And the hills melt.
The earth heaves before Him,
The world and all that dwell therein.
6Who can stand before His wrath?
Who can resist His fury?
His anger pours out like fire,
And rocks are shattered because of Him.
7The Lord is good to [those who hope in Him],
A haven on a day of distress;
He is mindful of those who seek refuge in Him.
8And with a sweeping flood
He makes an end of her place,
And chases His enemies into darkness.
9Why will you plot against the Lord?
He wreaks utter destruction:
No adversary opposes Him twice!
10For like men besotted with drink,
They are burned up like tangled thorns,
Like straw that is thoroughly dried.
11The base plotter
Who designed evil against the Lord
Has left you.
12Thus said the Lord:
“Even as they were full and many,
Even so are they over and gone;
As surely as I afflicted you,
I will afflict you no more.”
I will break off his yoke bar from you
And burst your cords apart.
14The Lord has commanded concerning him:
No posterity shall continue your name.
I will do away with
The carved and graven images
In the temples of your gods;
I will make your grave
Accord with your worthlessness.