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Nahum 1 (New American Standard)

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God Is Awesome

1 The a1oracle of 2Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. 2 A 3jealous and avenging God is the LORD; The LORD is 4avenging and bwrathful . The LORD takes 5vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies. 3 The LORD is 6slow to anger and great in power, And the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. In 7whirlwind and storm is His way, And 8clouds are the dust beneath His feet. 4 He 9rebukes the sea and makes it dry; He dries up all the rivers. 10Bashan and Carmel wither; The blossoms of Lebanon wither. 5 Mountains 11quake because of Him And the hills 12dissolve; Indeed the earth is 13upheaved by His presence, The 14world and all the inhabitants in it. 6 15Who can stand before His indignation? Who can endure the 16burning of His anger? His 17wrath is poured out like fire And the 18rocks are broken up by Him. 7 The LORD is 19good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And 20He knows those who take refuge in Him. 8 But with an 21overflowing flood He will make a complete end of cits site, And will pursue His enemies into 22darkness. 9 Whatever you 23devise against the LORD, He will make a 24complete end of it. Distress will not rise up twice. 10 Like tangled 25thorns, And like those who are 26drunken with their drink, They are 27consumed As stubble completely withered. 11 From you has gone forth One who 28plotted evil against the LORD, A d29wicked counselor. 12 Thus says the LORD, "Though they are at full strength and likewise many, Even so, they will be 30cut off and pass away. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you 31no longer. 13 "So now, I will 32break his yoke bar from upon you, And I will tear off your shackles." 14 The LORD has issued a command concerning eyou: "fYour name will 33no longer be perpetuated. I will cut off g34idol and himage From the house of your gods. I will prepare your 35grave, For you are contemptible." 15 iBehold, 36on the mountains the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace! 37Celebrate your feasts, O Judah; Pay your vows. For 38never again will the jwicked one pass through you; He is 39cut off completely.
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