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 avenging and wrathful;
the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries
and rages against his enemies.3The Lord is slow to anger but great in power,
and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet.4He rebukes the sea and makes it dry,
and he dries up all the rivers;
Bashan and Carmel wither,
and the bloom of Lebanon fades.5The mountains quake before him,
and the hills melt;
the earth heaves before him,
the world and all who live in it.
6Who can stand before his indignation?
Who can endure the heat of his anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
and by him the rocks are broken in pieces.7The Lord is good,
a stronghold in a day of trouble;
he protects those who take refuge in him,8even in a rushing flood.
He will make a full end of his adversaries,
and will pursue his enemies into darkness.9Why do you plot against the Lord?
He will make an end;
no adversary will rise up twice.10Like thorns they are entangled,
like drunkards they are drunk;
they are consumed like dry straw.11From you one has gone out
who plots evil against the Lord,
who counsels wickedness.
Good News for Judah
12Thus says the Lord,
“Though they are at full strength and many,
they will be cut off and pass away.
Though I have afflicted you,
I will afflict you no more.13And now I will break off his yoke from you
and snap the bonds that bind you.”
14The Lord has commanded concerning you:
“Your name shall be perpetuated no longer;
from the house of your gods I will cut off
the carved image and the cast image.
I will make your grave, for you are worthless.”
15 Look! On the mountains the feet of one
who brings good tidings,
who proclaims peace!
Celebrate your festivals, O Judah,
fulfill your vows,
for never again shall the wicked invade you;
they are utterly cut off.