Naum 1

1 A prophecy concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

2 The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; ¶ the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. ¶ The LORD takes vengeance on his foes ¶ and vents his wrath against his enemies.

3 The LORD is slow to anger but great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. ¶ His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, ¶ and clouds are the dust of his feet.

4 He rebukes the sea and dries it up; he makes all the rivers run dry. ¶ Bashan and Carmel wither ¶ and the blossoms of Lebanon fade.

5 The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. ¶ The earth trembles at his presence, ¶ the world and all who live in it.

6 Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? ¶ His wrath is poured out like fire; ¶ the rocks are shattered before him.

7 The LORD is good, ¶ a refuge in times of trouble. ¶ He cares for those who trust in him,

8 but with an overwhelming flood ¶ he will make an end of Nineveh; ¶ he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness.

9 Whatever they plot against the LORD ¶ he will bring [^1] to an end; ¶ trouble will not come a second time.

10 They will be entangled among thorns and drunk from their wine; ¶ they will be consumed like dry stubble. [^2]

11 From you, Nineveh, has one come forth who plots evil against the LORD ¶ and devises wicked plans.

12 This is what the LORD says: ¶ "Although they have allies and are numerous, ¶ they will be destroyed and pass away. ¶ Although I have afflicted you, Judah, ¶ I will afflict you no more.

13 Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away."

14 The LORD has given a command concerning you, Nineveh: ¶ "You will have no descendants to bear your name. ¶ I will destroy the images and idols ¶ that are in the temple of your gods. ¶ I will prepare your grave, ¶ for you are vile."

15 Look, there on the mountains, ¶ the feet of one who brings good news, ¶ who proclaims peace! ¶ Celebrate your festivals, Judah, ¶ and fulfill your vows. ¶ No more will the wicked invade you; ¶ they will be completely destroyed. [^3]