Bible: Nahum 1:1-15

Introduction

1:1 The oracle against Nineveh; 1 

the book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite: 2 

God Takes Vengeance against His Enemies

1:2 The Lord is a zealous 3  and avenging 4  God;

the Lord is avenging and very angry. 5 

The Lord takes vengeance 6  against his foes;

he sustains his rage 7  against his enemies.

1:3 The Lord is slow to anger 8  but great in power; 9 

the Lord will certainly not 10  allow the wicked 11  to go unpunished.

The Divine Warrior Destroys His Enemies but Protects His People

He marches out 12  in the whirlwind and the raging storm;

dark storm clouds billow like dust 13  under his feet. 14 

1:4 He shouts a battle cry 15  against the sea 16  and makes it dry up; 17 

he makes all the rivers 18  run dry.

Bashan and Carmel wither; 19 

the blossom of Lebanon withers.

1:5 The mountains tremble before him, 20 

the hills convulse; 21 

the earth is laid waste 22  before him,

the world and all its inhabitants 23  are laid waste. 24 

1:6 No one can withstand 25  his indignation! 26 

No one can resist 27  his fierce anger! 28 

His wrath is poured out like volcanic fire,

boulders are broken up 29  as he approaches. 30 

1:7 The Lord is good 31 

indeed, 32  he is a fortress 33  in time of distress, 34 

and he protects 35  those who seek refuge 36  in him.

1:8 But with an overwhelming flood 37 

he will make a complete end of Nineveh; 38 

he will drive 39  his enemies into darkness.

Denunciation and Destruction of Nineveh

1:9 Whatever 40  you plot 41  against the Lord, he will completely destroy! 42 

Distress 43  will not arise 44  a second time.

1:10 Surely they will be totally consumed 45 

like 46  entangled thorn bushes, 47 

like the drink of drunkards, 48 

like very 49  dry stubble.

1:11 From you, O Nineveh, 50  one has marched forth who plots evil against the Lord,

a wicked military strategist. 51 

Oracle of Deliverance to Judah

1:12 This is what the Lord says: 52 

“Even though 53  they are powerful 54 

and what is more, 55  even though their army is numerous 56 

nevertheless, 57  they will be destroyed 58  and trickle away! 59 

Although I afflicted you,

I will afflict you no more. 60 

1:13 And now, 61  I will break Assyria’s 62  yoke bar 63  from your neck; 64 

I will tear apart the shackles 65  that are on you.” 66 

Oracle of Judgment against the King of Nineveh

1:14 The Lord has issued a decree against you: 67 

“Your dynasty will come to an end. 68 

I will destroy the idols and images in the temples of your gods.

I will desecrate 69  your grave – because you are accursed! 70 

Proclamation of the Deliverance of Judah

1:15 71  Look! A herald is running 72  on the mountains!

A messenger is proclaiming deliverance: 73 

“Celebrate your sacred festivals, O Judah!

Fulfill your sacred vows to praise God! 74 

For never again 75  will the wicked 76  Assyrians 77  invade 78  you,

they 79  have been completely destroyed.” 80 

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