1 The oracle concerning Nineveh-- the scroll of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite:

References for Nahum 1:1

      Half-Acrostic: Yahweh Takes Vengeance against His Enemies

      2 Yahweh is a jealous God and avenging; Yahweh is avenging and {full of wrath}.a Yahweh takes vengeance against his enemies; he rages against his adversaries.

      References for Nahum 1:2

        • a 1:2 - Literally "a lord of wrath"
          3 Yahweh is slow to anger but great [in] power; he will certainly not allow [the guilty] to go unpunished. {He marches}b in storm wind and in gale; storm clouds [are the] dust of his feet.

          References for Nahum 1:3

            • b 1:3 - Literally "His path"
              4 He rebukes the sea and he dries up the rivers; he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither;c the blossom of Lebanon languishes.

              References for Nahum 1:4

                • c 1:4 - MT reads "languishes," but the versions reflect "withers," which also restores the acrostic
                  5 Mountains quake before him; the hills shake apart.d The earth heaves before him-- the world and all her inhabitants.

                  References for Nahum 1:5

                    • d 1:5 - Or "melt"
                      6 His indignation--who can stand before it? Who can endure {his fierce anger}?e His wrath is poured out like fire; rocks are shattered beforef him.

                      References for Nahum 1:6

                        • e 1:6 - Literally "the heat of his anger"
                        • f 1:6 - Or "by"
                          7 Yahweh is good--a refuge in [the] day of distress; [he knows] those who take refuge in him.
                          8 But with a rushing torrent he will bring [Nineveh] to an end; he will chase his enemies into darkness.

                          Yahweh Will Destroy Nineveh

                          9 Whatg do you plot against Yahweh? {He will completely destroy it};h trouble will not rise up a second time!

                          References for Nahum 1:9

                            • g 1:9 - Or "Why ...?"
                            • h 1:9 - Literally "he will make a complete destruction"
                              10 For like entangled thorns, and like their drink which is drunk, they will be consumed like fully dry chaff.
                              11 From you goes out one who plots evil against Yahweh, one who plans wickedness.

                              Yahweh Will Deliver Judah and Destroy Nineveh

                              12 Yahweh says this: "Even though [they are] powerful and likewise many, even so they will be cut off and pass away. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no longer.

                              References for Nahum 1:12

                                  13 And now, I will break his yoke from upon you; I will snap your bonds."
                                  14 Yahweh has commanded concerning you: "Your name will no longer be sown. I will cut off {the idols and images} from the {temple} of your gods; {I will send you to the grave} because you are worthless."
                                  15 i Look! On the mountains! The feet of the one who brings good tidings, the one who proclaims peace! "Celebrate [a festival], O Judah, Fulfill your vows! For he will not invade you again; the wicked one is cut off completely!"

                                  References for Nahum 1:15

                                    • i 1:15 - Nahum 1:15-2:13 in the English Bible is 2:1-14 in the Hebrew Bible