A pronouncement on Nineveh: The Book of the Prophecy of Nahum the Elkoshite.
The LORD is a passionate, avenging God;
The LORD is vengeful and fierce in wrath.
The LORD takes vengeance on His enemies,
He rages against His foes.
The LORD is slow to anger and of great forbearance,
But the LORD does not remit all punishment.
He travels in whirlwind and storm,
And clouds are the dust on His feet.
He rebukes the sea and dries it up,
And He makes all rivers fail;
Bashan and Carmel languish,
And the blossomsaLit. “bud.” of Lebanon wither.
The mountains quake because of Him,
And the hills melt.
The earth heavesbMeaning of Heb. uncertain. before Him,
The world and all that dwell therein.
Who can stand before His wrath?
Who can resist His fury?
His anger pours out like fire,
And rocks are shattered because of Him.
The LORD is good to [those who hope in Him],
A haven on a day of distress;
He is mindful of those who seek refuge in Him.
And with a sweeping flood
He makes an end of cMeaning of Heb. uncertain; emendation yields “those who oppose Him.”her place,-c
And chases His enemies into darkness.
Why will you plot against the LORD?
He wreaks utter destruction:
No adversarydCf. Ugaritic ṣrt. opposes Him twice!
bMeaning of Heb. uncertain.For like men besotted with drink,
They are burned up like tangled thorns,
Like straw that is thoroughly dried.-b
eVv. 11–14 would read well after 2.1.The base plotter
Who designed evil against the LORD
Has left you.
Thus said the LORD:
bMeaning of Heb. uncertain.“Even as theyfI.e., the days of your affliction. were full and many,
Even so are they over and gone;
As surely as I afflicted you,
I will afflict you no more.”-b
I will break off his yoke bar from you
And burst your cords apart.
The LORD has commanded concerning him:gHeb. “you.”
bMeaning of Heb. uncertain.No posterity shall continue your name.-b
I will do away with
The carved and graven images
In the temples of your gods;
I will make your grave
bMeaning of Heb. uncertain.Accord with your worthlessness.-b