God Takes Vengeance against His Enemies
1:2 The Lord is a zealous 1 and avenging 2 God;
the Lord is avenging and very angry. 3
The Lord takes vengeance 4 against his foes;
he sustains his rage 5 against his enemies.
1:3 The Lord is slow to anger 6 but great in power; 7
the Lord will certainly not 8 allow the wicked 9 to go unpunished.
The Divine Warrior Destroys His Enemies but Protects His People
He marches out 10 in the whirlwind and the raging storm;
dark storm clouds billow like dust 11 under his feet. 12
1:4 He shouts a battle cry 13 against the sea 14 and makes it dry up; 15
he makes all the rivers 16 run dry.
Bashan and Carmel wither; 17
the blossom of Lebanon withers.
1:5 The mountains tremble before him, 18
the hills convulse; 19
the earth is laid waste 20 before him,
the world and all its inhabitants 21 are laid waste. 22
1:6 No one can withstand 23 his indignation! 24
No one can resist 25 his fierce anger! 26
His wrath is poured out like volcanic fire,
boulders are broken up 27 as he approaches. 28
1:7 The Lord is good 29 –
indeed, 30 he is a fortress 31 in time of distress, 32
and he protects 33 those who seek refuge 34 in him.
1:8 But with an overwhelming flood 35
he will make a complete end of Nineveh; 36
he will drive 37 his enemies into darkness.