God Is Awesome

The [a](A)oracle of (B)Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

A (C)jealous and avenging God is the Lord;
The Lord is (D)avenging and [b]wrathful.
The Lord takes (E)vengeance on His adversaries,
And He reserves wrath for His enemies.
The Lord is (F)slow to anger and great in power,
And the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.
In (G)whirlwind and storm is His way,
And (H)clouds are the dust beneath His feet.
He (I)rebukes the sea and makes it dry;
He dries up all the rivers.
(J)Bashan and Carmel wither;
The blossoms of Lebanon wither.
Mountains (K)quake because of Him
And the hills (L)dissolve;
Indeed the earth is (M)upheaved by His presence,
The (N)world and all the inhabitants in it.
(O)Who can stand before His indignation?
Who can endure the (P)burning of His anger?
His (Q)wrath is poured out like fire
And the (R)rocks are broken up by Him.
The Lord is (S)good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble,
And (T)He knows those who take refuge in Him.
But with an (U)overflowing flood
He will make a complete end of [c]its site,
And will pursue His enemies into (V)darkness.

Whatever you (W)devise against the Lord,
He will make a (X)complete end of it.
Distress will not rise up twice.
10 Like tangled (Y)thorns,
And like those who are (Z)drunken with their drink,
They are (AA)consumed
As stubble completely withered.
11 From you has gone forth
One who (AB)plotted evil against the Lord,
A [d](AC)wicked counselor.

12 Thus says the Lord,

“Though they are at full strength and likewise many,
Even so, they will be (AD)cut off and pass away.
Though I have afflicted you,
I will afflict you (AE)no longer.
13 “So now, I will (AF)break his yoke bar from upon you,
And I will tear off your shackles.”

14 The Lord has issued a command concerning [e]you:
[f]Your name will (AG)no longer be perpetuated.
I will cut off [g](AH)idol and [h]image
From the house of your gods.
I will prepare your (AI)grave,
For you are contemptible.”

15 [i]Behold, (AJ)on the mountains the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace!
(AK)Celebrate your feasts, O Judah;
Pay your vows.
For (AL)never again will the [j]wicked one pass through you;
He is (AM)cut off completely.


  1. Nahum 1:1 Or burden
  2. Nahum 1:2 Lit a possessor of wrath
  3. Nahum 1:8 I.e. Nineveh’s
  4. Nahum 1:11 Or worthless; Heb Belial
  5. Nahum 1:14 I.e. the king of Nineveh
  6. Nahum 1:14 Lit No more of your name will be sown
  7. Nahum 1:14 Or a graven image
  8. Nahum 1:14 Lit cast metal image
  9. Nahum 1:15 Ch 2:1 in Heb
  10. Nahum 1:15 Or worthless one; Heb Belial