1: An oracle concerning Nin'eveh. The book of the
vision of Nahum of Elkosh.
2: The LORD is a jealous God and avenging,
the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries
and keeps wrath for his enemies.
3: The LORD is slow to anger and of
great might, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in
whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
rebukes the sea and makes it dry, he dries up all the rivers; Bashan and Carmel
wither, the bloom of Lebanon fades.
5: The mountains quake before
him, the hills melt; the earth is laid waste before him, the world and all that
6: Who can stand before his indignation? Who can
endure the heat of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks
are broken asunder by him.
7: The LORD is good, a stronghold in the
day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.
8: But with an
overflowing flood he will make a full end of his adversaries, and will pursue
his enemies into darkness.
9: What do you plot against the LORD? He
will make a full end; he will not take vengeance twice on his foes.
10: Like entangled thorns they are consumed, like dry stubble.
11: Did one not come out from you, who plotted evil against the LORD,
and counseled villainy?
12: Thus says the LORD, "Though they be
strong and many, they will be cut off and pass away. Though I have afflicted
you, I will afflict you no more.
13: And now I will break his yoke
from off you and will burst your bonds asunder."
14: The LORD has
given commandment about you: "No more shall your name be perpetuated; from the
house of your gods I will cut off the graven image and the molten image. I will
make your grave, for you are vile."
15: Behold, on the mountains the
feet of him who brings good tidings, who proclaims peace! Keep your feasts, O
Judah, fulfil your vows, for never again shall the wicked come against you, he
is utterly cut off.
1: The shatterer has come up against you. Man the
ramparts; watch the road; gird your loins; collect all your strength.
2: (For the LORD is restoring the majesty of Jacob as the majesty of
Israel, for plunderers have stripped them and ruined their branches.)
3: The shield of his mighty men is red, his soldiers are clothed in
scarlet. The chariots flash like flame when mustered in array; the chargers
4: The chariots rage in the streets, they rush to and fro
through the squares; they gleam like torches, they dart like lightning.
5: The officers are summoned, they stumble as they go, they hasten to
the wall, the mantelet is set up.
6: The river gates are opened, the
palace is in dismay;
7: its mistress is stripped, she is carried off,
her maidens lamenting, moaning like doves, and beating their breasts.
8: Nin'eveh is like a pool whose waters run away. "Halt! Halt!" they
cry; but none turns back.
9: Plunder the silver, plunder the gold!
There is no end of treasure, or wealth of every precious thing.
Desolate! Desolation and ruin! Hearts faint and knees tremble, anguish is on all
loins, all faces grow pale!
11: Where is the lions' den, the cave of
the young lions, where the lion brought his prey, where his cubs were, with none
12: The lion tore enough for his whelps and strangled
prey for his lionesses; he filled his caves with prey and his dens with torn
13: Behold, I am against you, says the LORD of hosts, and I
will burn your chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions; I
will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall no
more be heard.
1: Woe to the bloody city, all full of lies and
booty -- no end to the plunder!
2: The crack of whip, and rumble of
wheel, galloping horse and bounding chariot!
3: Horsemen charging,
flashing sword and glittering spear, hosts of slain, heaps of corpses, dead
bodies without end -- they stumble over the bodies!
4: And all for
the countless harlotries of the harlot, graceful and of deadly charms, who
betrays nations with her harlotries, and peoples with her charms.
Behold, I am against you, says the LORD of hosts, and will lift up your skirts
over your face; and I will let nations look on your nakedness and kingdoms on
6: I will throw filth at you and treat you with contempt,
and make you a gazingstock.
7: And all who look on you will shrink
from you and say, Wasted is Nin'eveh; who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek
comforters for her?
8: Are you better than Thebes that sat by the
Nile, with water around her, her rampart a sea, and water her wall?
9: Ethiopia was her strength, Egypt too, and that without limit; Put
and the Libyans were her helpers.
10: Yet she was carried away, she
went into captivity; her little ones were dashed in pieces at the head of every
street; for her honored men lots were cast, and all her great men were bound in
11: You also will be drunken, you will be dazed; you will
seek a refuge from the enemy.
12: All your fortresses are like fig
trees with first-ripe figs -- if shaken they fall into the mouth of the eater.
13: Behold, your troops are women in your midst. The gates of your
land are wide open to your foes; fire has devoured your bars.
Draw water for the siege, strengthen your forts; go into the clay, tread the
mortar, take hold of the brick mold!
15: There will the fire devour
you, the sword will cut you off. It will devour you like the locust. Multiply
yourselves like the locust, multiply like the grasshopper!
increased your merchants more than the stars of the heavens. The locust spreads
its wings and flies away.
17: Your princes are like grasshoppers,
your scribes like clouds of locusts settling on the fences in a day of cold --
when the sun rises, they fly away; no one knows where they are.
Your shepherds are asleep, O king of Assyria; your nobles slumber. Your people
are scattered on the mountains with none to gather them.
19: There is
no assuaging your hurt, your wound is grievous. All who hear the news of you
clap their hands over you. For upon whom has not come your unceasing evil?