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Nahum 1:9-15 (Common English Bible)

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A challenge to God’s enemies

9 What are you plotting against the LORD? He is one who can annihilate! Distress will not arise twice. 10 They are tangled up like thorns, like drunkards in their cups. They are consumed like stubble that is entirely dried up. 11 From youa goes out one who plots evil against the LORD— a worthless counselor!

Reassurance for God’s people

12 The LORD proclaims: Though once they were a healthy and numerous force, they have been cut off and have disappeared. I have afflicted you; I won't afflict you further, Zion.b 13 Now I will break off his yoke from you and tear off your chains.

Assyrian king’s future doom

14 The LORD has commanded concerning you: You will have no children to carry on your name. I will remove carved idol and cast image from the house of your gods; I will make your grave, for you are worthless. 15 c Look, on the mountains: the feet of a messenger who announces peace! Celebrate your festivals, Judah! Fulfill your solemn promises! The worthless one will never again invade you; he has been completely cut off.
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