I will make it a wasteland,(A)
    neither pruned nor cultivated,
    and briers and thorns(B) will grow there.
I will command the clouds
    not to rain(C) on it.”

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18 Surely wickedness burns like a fire;(A)
    it consumes briers and thorns,(B)
it sets the forest thickets ablaze,(C)
    so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.

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17 The Light of Israel will become a fire,(A)
    their Holy One(B) a flame;
in a single day it will burn and consume
    his thorns(C) and his briers.(D)

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    I am not angry.
If only there were briers and thorns confronting me!
    I would march against them in battle;
    I would set them all on fire.(A)

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12 The peoples will be burned to ashes;(A)
    like cut thornbushes(B) they will be set ablaze.(C)

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The best of them is like a brier,(A)
    the most upright worse than a thorn(B) hedge.
The day God visits you has come,
    the day your watchmen sound the alarm.
    Now is the time of your confusion.(C)

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10 They will be entangled among thorns(A)
    and drunk(B) from their wine;
    they will be consumed like dry stubble.[a](C)

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Footnotes

  1. Nahum 1:10 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.

40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man(A) will send out his angels,(B) and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.

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