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Nahum 1:1-13 Common English Bible (CEB)

An oracle about Nineveh: the scroll containing the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

Power of the creator

The Lord is a jealous and vengeful God;
        the Lord is vengeful and strong in wrath.
    The Lord is vengeful against his foes;
        he rages against his enemies.
The Lord is very patient but great in power;
        the Lord punishes.
    His way is in whirlwind and storm;
        clouds are the dust of his feet.
He can blast the sea and make it dry up;
        he can dry up all the rivers.
    Bashan and Carmel wither;
        the bud of Lebanon withers.
The mountains quake because of him;
        the hills melt away.
The earth heaves before him—
        the world and all who dwell in it.
Who can stand before his indignation?
        Who can confront the heat of his fury?
    His wrath pours out like fire;
        the rocks are shattered because of him.
The Lord is good,
        a haven in a day of distress.
    He acknowledges those who take refuge in him.
With a rushing flood, he will utterly destroy her[a] place
        and pursue his enemies into darkness.

A challenge to God’s enemies

What are you plotting against the Lord?
        He is one who can annihilate!
        Distress will not arise twice.
10 They are tangled up like thorns,
        like drunkards in their cups.
    They are consumed like stubble
        that is entirely dried up.
11 From you[b] goes out
        one who plots evil against the Lord
            a worthless counselor!

Reassurance for God’s people

12 The Lord proclaims:
Though once they were a healthy and numerous force,
        they have been cut off and have disappeared.
I have afflicted you;
        I won’t afflict you further, Zion.[c]
13 Now I will break off his yoke from you
        and tear off your chains.


  1. Nahum 1:8 her; likely Nineveh
  2. Nahum 1:11 you (feminine singular); likely Nineveh
  3. Nahum 1:12 Heb lacks Zion.
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