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Judgment of Nineveh

The oracle[a] concerning Nineveh—the book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

A jealous and avenging God is Adonai.
Yes, Adonai is the avenger and master of wrath.
Adonai is avenger to His adversaries,
Yes, a keeper of wrath for His foes.
Adonai is slow to anger and great in power,
but He will by no means acquit the guilty.
Adonai’s way is with a whirlwind or with a storm wind,
Clouds are the dust of His feet.
Rebuking the sea, He made it dry,
as He has dried up all the rivers.
Bashan and Carmel languished,
Yes, Lebanon’s budding languished.
Mountains quaked because of Him,
    and the hills have melted.
The earth has heaved up at His presence—
    yes, the world and everything dwelling in it.
Before His indignation who can stand?
Who can withstand His burning anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
and cliffs break down before Him.
Adonai is good as
    a refuge in the day of distress,
and He knows those
    who take refuge in Him.
But with an overwhelming flood,
He will make that place a total ruin.
Darkness will pursue His enemies.

What can you scheme against Adonai?
He will make a complete destruction.
Distress will not arise twice.
10 For even like tangled thorns they will be consumed,
or like drunkards who are drunk,
or like stubble that is fully dry.
11 Out of you has come a schemer of evil against Adonai,
    a counselor of Belial.[b]
12 Thus said Adonai:
Though they are strong and numerous,
even so they will be mowed down
    and pass away.
Although I have afflicted you,
I will afflict you no more.
13 I will now break his yoke from you,
    and tear apart your bonds.
14 Adonai has issued a command against you:
no more will your name be spread.
From the house of your gods
    I will cut off the idol and metal image.
I will prepare your grave—
    for you have become worthless.


  1. Nahum 1:1 Or burden.
  2. Nahum 1:11 Or worthless one bringing ruin.