1 I am Nahum from Elkosh.[a] And this is the message[b] that I wrote down about Nineveh.[c]
The Fierce Anger of the Lord
2 The Lord God demands loyalty. In his anger, he takes revenge on his enemies. 3 The Lord is powerful, yet patient; he makes sure that the guilty are always punished. He can be seen in storms and in whirlwinds; clouds are the dust from his feet.
4 At the Lord’s command, oceans and rivers dry up. Bashan, Mount Carmel, and Lebanon[d] wither, and their flowers fade. 5 At the sight of the Lord, mountains and hills tremble and melt; the earth and its people shudder and shake. 6 Who can stand the heat of his furious anger? It flashes out like fire and shatters stones.
The Power of Assyria Will Be Broken
7 The Lord is good. He protects those who trust him in times of trouble. 8 But like a roaring flood, the Lord chases his enemies into dark places and destroys them. 9 So don’t plot against the Lord! He wipes out his enemies, and they never revive. 10 They are like drunkards overcome by wine, or like dry thornbushes burning in a fire.[e] 11 Assyria, one of your rulers has made evil plans against the Lord.
12 But the Lord says, “Assyria, no matter how strong you are, you are doomed! My people Judah, I have troubled you before, but I won’t do it again. 13 I’ll snap your chains and set you free from the Assyrians.”
14 Assyria, this is what else the Lord says to you: “Your name will be forgotten. I will destroy every idol in your temple, and I will send you to the grave, because you are worthless.”
15 Look toward the mountains, people of Judah! Here comes a messenger with good news of peace. Celebrate your festivals. Keep your promises to God. Your evil enemies are destroyed and will never again invade your country.
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