Nahum 1-3 - God Is Awesome; The Overthrow of Nineveh; Nineveh's Complete Ruin

Nahum 1

God Is Awesome


1 The oracle of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.


2 A jealous and avenging God is

the LORD;

The LORD is avenging and wrathful.

The LORD takes vengeance on His

adversaries,

And He reserves wrath for His enemies.

3 The LORD is slow to anger and great

in power,

And the LORD will by no means leave

the guilty unpunished.

In whirlwind and storm is His way,

And clouds are the dust beneath His feet.

4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry;

He dries up all the rivers.

Bashan and Carmel wither;

The blossoms of Lebanon wither.

5 Mountains quake because of Him

And the hills dissolve;

Indeed the earth is upheaved by His

presence,

The world and all the inhabitants in it.

6 Who can stand before His indignation?

Who can endure the burning of His anger?

His wrath is poured out like fire

And the rocks are broken up by Him.

7 The LORD is good,

A stronghold in the day of trouble,

And He knows those who take refuge in Him.

8 But with an overflowing flood

He will make a complete end of its site,

And will pursue His enemies into darkness.


9 Whatever you devise against the LORD,

He will make a complete end of it.

Distress will not rise up twice.

10 Like tangled thorns,

And like those who are drunken with their

drink,

They are consumed

As stubble completely withered.

11 From you has gone forth

One who plotted evil against the LORD,

A wicked counselor.


12 Thus says the LORD,


"Though they are at full strength and

likewise many,

Even so, they will be cut off and pass away.

Though I have afflicted you,

I will afflict you no longer.

13 "So now, I will break his yoke bar from

upon you,

And I will tear off your shackles."


14 The LORD has issued a command

concerning you:

"Your name will no longer be perpetuated.

I will cut off idol and image

From the house of your gods.

I will prepare your grave,

For you are contemptible."


15 Behold, on the mountains the feet of

him who brings good news,

Who announces peace!

Celebrate your feasts, O Judah;

Pay your vows.

For never again will the wicked one pass

through you;

He is cut off completely.


Nahum 2

The Overthrow of Nineveh


1 The one who scatters has come up

against you.

Man the fortress, watch the road;

Strengthen your back, summon all

your strength.

2 For the LORD will restore the splendor

of Jacob

Like the splendor of Israel,

Even though devastators have devastated

them

And destroyed their vine branches.


3 The shields of his mighty men are

colored red,

The warriors are dressed in scarlet,

The chariots are enveloped in flashing

steel

When he is prepared to march,

And the cypress spears are brandished.

4 The chariots race madly in the streets,

They rush wildly in the squares,

Their appearance is like torches,

They dash to and fro like lightning flashes.

5 He remembers his nobles;

They stumble in their march,

They hurry to her wall,

And the mantelet is set up.

6 The gates of the rivers are opened

And the palace is dissolved.

7 It is fixed:

She is stripped, she is carried away,

And her handmaids are moaning like the

sound of doves,

Beating on their breasts.


8 Though Nineveh was like a pool of water

throughout her days,

Now they are fleeing;

"Stop, stop,"

But no one turns back.

9 Plunder the silver!

Plunder the gold!

For there is no limit to the treasure--

Wealth from every kind of desirable object.

10 She is emptied! Yes, she is desolate and

waste!

Hearts are melting and knees knocking!

Also anguish is in the whole body

And all their faces are grown pale!

11 Where is the den of the lions

And the feeding place of the young lions,

Where the lion, lioness and lion's cub

prowled,

With nothing to disturb them?

12 The lion tore enough for his cubs,

Killed enough for his lionesses,

And filled his lairs with prey

And his dens with torn flesh.


13 "Behold, I am against you," declares the LORD of hosts. "I will burn up her chariots in smoke, a sword will devour your young lions; I will cut off your prey from the land, and no longer will the voice of your messengers be heard."


Nahum 3

Nineveh's Complete Ruin


1 Woe to the bloody city, completely

full of lies and pillage;

Her prey never departs.

2 The noise of the whip,

The noise of the rattling of the wheel,

Galloping horses

And bounding chariots!

3 Horsemen charging,

Swords flashing, spears gleaming,

Many slain, a mass of corpses,

And countless dead bodies--

They stumble over the dead bodies!

4 All because of the many harlotries of

the harlot,

The charming one, the mistress of

sorceries,

Who sells nations by her harlotries

And families by her sorceries.

5 "Behold, I am against you," declares

the LORD of hosts;

"And I will lift up your skirts over your face,

And show to the nations your nakedness

And to the kingdoms your disgrace.

6 "I will throw filth on you

And make you vile,

And set you up as a spectacle.

7 "And it will come about that all who

see you

Will shrink from you and say,

`Nineveh is devastated!

Who will grieve for her?'

Where will I seek comforters for you?"


8 Are you better than No-amon,

Which was situated by the waters of

the Nile,

With water surrounding her,

Whose rampart was the sea,

Whose wall consisted of the sea?

9 Ethiopia was her might,

And Egypt too, without limits.

Put and Lubim were among her helpers.

10 Yet she became an exile,

She went into captivity;

Also her small children were dashed

to pieces

At the head of every street;

They cast lots for her honorable men,

And all her great men were bound

with fetters.

11 You too will become drunk,

You will be hidden.

You too will search for a refuge from

the enemy.

12 All your fortifications are fig trees

with ripe fruit--

When shaken, they fall into the eater's

mouth.

13 Behold, your people are women in

your midst!

The gates of your land are opened wide

to your enemies;

Fire consumes your gate bars.

14 Draw for yourself water for the siege!

Strengthen your fortifications!

Go into the clay and tread the mortar!

Take hold of the brick mold!

15 There fire will consume you,

The sword will cut you down;

It will consume you as the locust does.

Multiply yourself like the creeping locust,

Multiply yourself like the swarming locust.

16 You have increased your traders more

than the stars of heaven--

The creeping locust strips and flies away.

17 Your guardsmen are like the swarming

locust.

Your marshals are like hordes of

grasshoppers

Settling in the stone walls on a cold day.

The sun rises and they flee,

And the place where they are is not known.

18 Your shepherds are sleeping,

O king of Assyria;

Your nobles are lying down.

Your people are scattered on the mountains

And there is no one to regather them.

19 There is no relief for your breakdown,

Your wound is incurable.

All who hear about you

Will clap their hands over you,

For on whom has not your evil passed

continually?

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