Nahum (Nay´huhm; Heb., “consolation, compassion”)

The book of, the seventh of the Minor Prophets of the OT. It is likely that Nahum was a central prophet functioning within the Temple system of Jerusalem. The book of Nahum is so closely connected with the OT book of Habakkuk that the two are sometimes read as a single literary unit.

Outline of Contents

Nahum and Habakkuk

I. Hymn of theophany (Nah 1)

II. Taunt song against Nineveh (Nah 2-3)

III. The problem of theodicy (Hab 1)

IV. Taunt song against the “wicked one” (Hab 2)

V. Hymn of theophany (Hab 3)

Nah 1

1An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.
The Consuming Wrath of God
2A jealous and avenging God is the Lord,
the Lord is avengi ... View more

Nah 2-3

The Destruction of the Wicked City
1A shatterer has come up against you.
Guard the ramparts;
watch the road;
gird your loins;
collect all your strength.
2(For t ... View more

Hab 1

1The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.
The Prophet's Complaint
2O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not listen?
Or cry to you “Violence!”
an ... View more

Hab 2

God's Reply to the Prophet's Complaint
1I will stand at my watchpost,
and station myself on the rampart;
I will keep watch to see what he will say to me,
and wh ... View more

Hab 3

1A prayer of the prophet Habakkuk according to Shigionoth.
The Prophet's Prayer
2O Lord, I have heard of your renown,
and I stand in awe, O Lord, of your work.
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