aAn oracle concerning bNineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.

 God’s Wrath Against Nineveh

cThe Lord is a jealous and avenging God;

the Lord is avenging and wrathful;

dthe Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries

and ekeeps wrath for his enemies.

  fThe Lord is slow to anger and ggreat in power,

and hthe Lord will by no means clear the guilty.

iHis way is in whirlwind and storm,

and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

  jHe rebukes the sea and makes it dry;

he dries up all the rivers;

kBashan and lCarmel wither;

the bloom of kLebanon withers.

  mThe mountains quake before him;

nthe hills melt;

the earth heaves before him,

othe world and all who dwell in it.

  pWho can stand before his indignation?

Who can endure the heat of his anger?

His wrath qis poured out like fire,

and rthe rocks are broken into pieces by him.

  sThe Lord is good,

ta stronghold in the day of trouble;

uhe knows those who take refuge in him.

  But vwith an overflowing flood

he will make a complete end of the adversaries,1

and wwill pursue his enemies into darkness.

  What xdo you plot against the Lord?

yHe will make a complete end;

trouble will not rise up a second time.

  10  For they are zlike entangled thorns,

like drunkards as they drink;

athey are consumed like stubble fully dried.

  11  From you came one

bwho plotted evil against the Lord,

a worthless counselor.

  12  Thus says the Lord,

“Though they are at full strength and many,

cthey will be cut down and pass away.

dThough I have afflicted you,

I will afflict you no more.

  13  And now eI will break his yoke from off you

and will burst your bonds apart.”

  14  The Lord has given commandment about you:

f“No more shall your name be perpetuated;

from gthe house of your gods I will cut off

the carved image and the metal image.

hI will make your grave, ifor you are vile.”

  15  2 jBehold, upon the mountains, kthe feet of him

who brings good news,

who publishes peace!

lKeep your feasts, O Judah;

mfulfill your vows,

nfor never again shall the worthless pass through you;

he is utterly cut off.

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