1The oracle #Is 13:1|NoBook| 30:6Jr 18:18Ezk 12:10Hab 1:1Zch 9:1|NoBook| 12:1Mal 1:1 concerning Nineveh. #Jnh 3:3-4|NoBook| 4:11Nah 2:8Zph 2:13 The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
2The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord takes vengeance
and is fierce in # Lit is a master of wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance against His foes; #Dt 32:35Ps 94:1|NoBook| 149:7Is 1:24|NoBook| 59:17Jr 5:9|NoBook| 9:9|NoBook| 46:10|NoBook| 50:15|NoBook| 51:6Ezk 25:14-17Mc 5:152Th 1:8Heb 10:30
He is furious with His enemies. #Dt 6:15Ps 94:1Is 63:1-6Jr 46:1050:28-29Mc 5:15Zph 1:18
3The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
the Lord will never leave the guilty unpunished. #Ex 34:6-7Nm 14:18
His path is in the whirlwind and storm, #Is 66:15Jr 4:13Hs 8:7Pr 1:27|NoBook| 10:25
and clouds are the dust beneath His feet. #Dt 33:26Ps 68:4|NoBook| 104:3Mt 24:30|NoBook| 26:64
4He rebukes the sea so that it dries up,
and He makes all the rivers run dry. #2Sm 22:16Ps 106:9Is 50:2Mt 8:26
Bashan and Carmel wither; #Is 33:9Jr 50:19
even the flower of Lebanon withers.
5The 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. #Jdg 5:5Ps 18:746:2-3|NoBook| 97:5Is 5:25|NoBook| 64:1Jr 4:24Am 8:8Mc 1:4
6Who can withstand His indignation?
Who can endure His burning anger? #Ps 7:11|NoBook| 69:24|NoBook| 78:49Jl 2:11Mal 3:2
His wrath is poured out like fire, #Ps 21:9Is 9:19|NoBook| 30:30Jr 4:4Lm 4:11Ezk 22:20Zph 1:18
even rocks are shattered before Him.
Destruction of Nineveh
7The Lord is good,
a stronghold in a day of distress;
He cares for those who take refuge #2Sm 22:3Ps 17:7|NoBook| 34:8 in Him.
8But He will completely destroy Nineveh # Lit her place
with an overwhelming flood, #Nah 2:6
and He will chase His enemies into darkness.
9Whatever you # = Nineveh plot against the Lord,
He will bring it to complete destruction; #Ps 2:1-4
oppression will not rise up a second time.
10For they will be consumed
like entangled thorns, #Mal 4:1
like the drink of a drunkard
and like straw that is fully dry. # Hb obscure
11One has gone out from you, # Possibly Nineveh
who plots evil against Yahweh,
and is a wicked counselor.
Promise of Judah’s Deliverance
12This 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 #Is 10:5-34
I will afflict you no longer. #Ps 30:5|NoBook| 103:9Is 54:8
13For I will now break off his yoke from you
and tear off your shackles.
The Assyrian King’s Demise
14The 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 #Lv 20:31Sm 24:21Ps 89:4Is 48:19|NoBook| 66:22
I will eliminate the carved idol and cast image
from the house of your gods; #Dt 27:15Jdg 18:14
I will prepare your grave,
for you are contemptible.
15# Nah 2:1 in HbLook to the mountains —
the feet of one bringing good news #Is 52:7|NoBook| 61:1Rm 10:15
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.