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Nahum 1:2-15 (New International Version)

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The LORD's Anger Against Nineveh

2 The LORD is a jealous1 and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance2 and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies.3 3 The LORD is slow to anger4 and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished.5 His way is in the whirlwind6 and the storm,7 and clouds8 are the dust of his feet. 4 He rebukes9 the sea and dries it up;10 he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel11 wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade. 5 The mountains quake12 before him and the hills melt away.13 The earth trembles14 at his presence, the world and all who live in it.15 6 Who can withstand16 his indignation? Who can endure17 his fierce anger?18 His wrath is poured out like fire;19 the rocks are shattered20 before him. 7 The LORD is good,21 a refuge in times of trouble.22 He cares for23 those who trust in him,24 8 but with an overwhelming flood25 he will make an end of [Nineveh]; he will pursue his foes into darkness. 9 Whatever they plot26 against the LORD hea will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time. 10 They will be entangled among thorns27 and drunk28 from their wine; they will be consumed like dry stubble.b29 11 From you, [O Nineveh, ] has one come forth who plots evil against the LORD and counsels wickedness. 12 This is what the LORD says: "Although they have allies and are numerous, they will be cut off30 and pass away. Although I have afflicted you, [O Judah, ] I will afflict you no more.31 13 Now I will break their yoke32 from your neck and tear your shackles away."33 14 The LORD has given a command concerning you, [Nineveh]: "You will have no descendants to bear your name.34 I will destroy the carved images35 and cast idols that are in the temple of your gods. I will prepare your grave,36 for you are vile." 15 Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news,37 who proclaims peace!38 Celebrate your festivals,39 O Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you;40 they will be completely destroyed.
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