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Nahum 1

Yahweh’s Wrath Against Nineveh

The oracle of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

א  Aleph

A jealous and avenging God is Yahweh;
Yahweh is avenging and wrathful.
Yahweh is avenging against His adversaries,
And He keeps His anger for His enemies.
Yahweh is slow to anger and great in power,
And Yahweh will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.

ב  Beth

In whirlwind and storm is His way,
And clouds are the dust beneath His feet.

ג  Gimel

He rebukes the sea and makes it dry;
He dries up all the rivers.
Bashan and Carmel languish;
The blossoms of Lebanon languish.

ה  He

Mountains quake because of Him,

ו  Vav

And the hills melt;
Indeed the earth is upheaved by His presence,
The world and all the inhabitants in it.

ז  Zayin

Who can stand before His indignation?
Who can endure the burning of His anger?

ח  Heth

His wrath is poured out like fire,
And the rocks are torn down by Him.

ט  Teth

Yahweh is good,
A strong defense in the day of distress,

י  Yodh

And He knows those who take refuge in Him.
But with an overflowing flood

כ  Kaph

He will make a complete destruction of its place
And will pursue His enemies into darkness.

Whatever you devise against Yahweh,
He will make a complete destruction of it.
Distress will not rise up twice.
Like tangled thorns,
And like those who are drunken with their drink,
They are consumed
As stubble fully dried up.
From you has gone forth
One who devised evil against Yahweh,
A vile counselor.
12 Thus says Yahweh,
“Though they are at full strength and likewise many,
Even so, they will be cut off and pass away.
Though I have afflicted you,
I will afflict you no longer.
So now, I will break his yoke bar from upon you,
And I will break your bands apart.”

And Yahweh has commanded concerning you:
“There will no longer be seed from your name.
From the house of your gods,
I will cut off graven image and molten image.
I will prepare your grave,
For you are contemptible.”

Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who proclaims good news,
Who announces peace!
Celebrate your feasts, O Judah;
Pay your vows.
For never again will the vile one pass through you;
He is cut off completely.