1Oracle about Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.
The Lord's Coming in Judgment
2 *A jealous and avenging God* is the LORD, an avenger is the LORD, and angry; The LORD brings vengeance on his adversaries, and lays up wrath for his enemies; 3The LORD is slow to anger, yet great in power, and the LORD never leaves the guilty unpunished. In hurricane and tempest is his path, and clouds are the dust at his feet; a Ex 19, 16ff . 4He rebukes the sea and leaves it dry, and all the rivers he dries up. b Is 33, 9; Hb 3, 6ff . Withered are Bashan and Carmel, and the bloom of Lebanon fades;* 5The mountains quake before him, and the hills dissolve; The earth is laid waste before him, the world and all who dwell in it. 6Before his wrath, who can stand firm, c Zep 1, 15; 2, 3 . and who can face his blazing anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are rent asunder before him.* 7The LORD is good, a refuge on the day of distress; He takes care of those who have recourse to him, 8when the flood rages; He makes an end of his opponents, and his enemies he pursues with darkness. 9What are you imputing to the LORD?* It is he who will make an end! The enemy shall not rise a second time; 10As when a tangle of thornbushes is set aflame, like dry stubble, they shall be utterly consumed. 12For, says the LORD, be they* ever so many and so vigorous, still they shall be mown down and disappear. Though I have humbled you, I will humble you no more. 13Now will I break his yoke from off you, and burst asunder your bonds. d Is 9, 4; 10, 27 . 11From you he came who devised evil against the LORD, the scoundrel planner.* 14The LORD has commanded regarding you:* no descendant shall come to bear your name; From your temple I will abolish the carved and the molten image; I will make your grave a mockery.