1 Of the destruction of the Assyrians, and of the deliverance of Israel.
1 The [a]burden of Nineveh. [b]The book of the vision of Nahum the [c]Elkoshite.
2 God is[d]jealous, and the Lord revengeth: the Lord revengeth: even the Lord [e]of anger, the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
3 The [f]Lord is slow to anger, but he is great in power, and will not surely clear the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind, and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebuketh the sea, and drieth it, and he drieth up all the rivers: Bashan is wasted and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon is wasted.
5 The mountains tremble for him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burnt at his sight, yea the world, and all that dwell therein.
6 [g]Who can stand before his wrath? or who can abide in the fierceness of his wrath? his wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken by him.
7 The Lord is good [h]and as a stronghold in the day of trouble, and he knoweth them that trust in him.
8 But passing over as with a flood, he will utterly destroy the [i]place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.
9 What do ye [j]imagine against the Lord? he will make an utter destruction: affliction shall not rise up the second time.
10 For he shall come as unto [k]thorns folden one in another, and as unto drunkards in their drunken-ness: they shall be devoured as stubble fully dried.
11 There [l]cometh one out of thee that imagineth evil against the Lord, even a wicked counselor.
12 Thus saith the Lord, Though they be [m]quiet, and also many, yet thus shall they be cut off when he shall pass by: though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.
13 For now I will break his yoke from thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.
14 And the Lord hath given a commandment concerning thee that no more of thy name be [n]sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven, and the molten image: I will make it thy grave for thee, for thou art vile.
15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that declareth, and publisheth [o]peace: O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee: he is utterly cut off.
Nahum 1:2With his he is but angry for a time, but his anger never assuageth toward the reprobate, though for a time he defer it.
Nahum 1:3Thus the wicked would make God’s mercy an occasion to sin, but the Prophet willeth them to consider his force and justice.
Nahum 1:6If all creatures be at God’s commandment, and none is able to resist his wrath, shall man flatter himself, and think by any means to escape, when he provoketh his God to anger?
Nahum 1:7Lest the faithful should be discouraged by hearing the power of God, he showeth them that his mercy appertain unto them, and that he hath care over them.
Nahum 1:8Signifying, that God will suddenly destroy Nineveh, and the Assyrians, in such sort as they shall lie in perpetual darkness, and never recover their strength again.
Nahum 1:9He showeth that the enterprises of the Assyrians against Judah and the Church, were against God, and therefore he would so destroy them at once, that he should not need to return the second time.
Nahum 1:10Although the Assyrians think themselves like thorns that prick on all sides, yet the Lord will set fire on them, and as drunken men are not able to stand against any force, so they shall be nothing able to resist him.
Nahum 1:11Which may be understood either of Sennacherib, or of the whole body of the people of Nineveh.
Nahum 1:12Though they think themselves in most safety, and of greatest strength, yet when God shall pass by, he will destroy them: notwithstanding he comforteth his Church, and promiseth to make an end of punishing them by the Assyrians.
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