1This is a prophecy about Ninveh, the book of the vision of Nachum the Elkoshi:
2Adonai is a jealous and vengeful God.
Adonai avenges; he knows how to be angry.
Adonai takes vengeance on his foes
and stores up wrath for his enemies.
3Adonai is slow to anger, but great in power;
and he does not leave the guilty unpunished.
Adonai’s path is in the whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
4He rebukes the sea and leaves it dry,
he dries up all the rivers.
Bashan and the Karmel languish;
the flower of the L’vanon withers.
5The mountains quake before him,
and the hills dissolve;
the earth collapses in his presence,
the world and everyone living in it.
6Who can withstand his fury?
Who can endure his fierce anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
the rocks broken to pieces before him.
7Adonai is good,
a stronghold in time of trouble;
he takes care of those
who take refuge in him.
8But with an overwhelming flood
he will make an end of [Ninveh’s] place,
and darkness will pursue his enemies.
9What are you planning against Adonai?
He is making an end [of it];
trouble will not arise a second time.
10For like men drunk with liquor,
they will be burned up like tangled thorns,
like straw completely dry.
11Out of you, [Ninveh,] he came,
one who plots evil against Adonai,
who counsels wickedness.
12Here is what Adonai says:
“Though they be many and strong,
they will be cut down, they will pass;
and though I have made you suffer,
I will make you suffer no more.
13Now I will break his yoke from your necks
and snap the chains that bind you.
14Adonai gave this order concerning you:
you will have no descendants to bear your name;
from the house of your god I will cut off
carved image and cast metal image;
I will prepare your grave,
because you are worthless.”