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Nahum 1 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A report on the problem of Nineveh, the way God gave Nahum of Elkosh to see it: 1 An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
2 God is serious business. He won't be trifled with. He avenges his foes. He stands up against his enemies, fierce and raging. 2 The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies.
3 But God doesn't lose his temper. He's powerful, but it's a patient power. Still, no one gets by with anything. Sooner or later, everyone pays. Tornadoes and hurricanes are the wake of his passage, Storm clouds are the dust he shakes off his feet. 3 The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.
4 He yells at the sea: It dries up. All the rivers run dry. The Bashan and Carmel mountains shrivel, the Lebanon orchards shrivel. 4 He rebukes the sea and dries it up; he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade.
5 Mountains quake in their roots, hills dissolve into mud flats. Earth shakes in fear of God. The whole world's in a panic. 5 The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it.
6 Who can face such towering anger? Who can stand up to this fierce rage? His anger spills out like a river of lava, his fury shatters boulders. 6 Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him.
7 God is good, a hiding place in tough times. He recognizes and welcomes anyone looking for help, 7 The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,
8 No matter how desperate the trouble. But cozy islands of escape He wipes right off the map. No one gets away from God. 8 but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of [Nineveh]; he will pursue his foes into darkness.
9 Why waste time conniving against God? He's putting an end to all such scheming. For troublemakers, no second chances. 9 Whatever they plot against the LORD he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time.
10 Like a pile of dry brush, Soaked in oil, they'll go up in flames. A Think Tank for Lies 10 They will be entangled among thorns and drunk from their wine; they will be consumed like dry stubble.
11 Nineveh's an anthill of evil plots against God, A think tank for lies that seduce and betray. 11 From you, [O Nineveh, ] has one come forth who plots evil against the LORD and counsels wickedness.
12 And God has something to say about all this: "Even though you're on top of the world, With all the applause and all the votes, you'll be mowed down flat. "I've afflicted you, Judah, true, but I won't afflict you again. 12 This is what the LORD says: "Although they have allies and are numerous, they will be cut off and pass away. Although I have afflicted you, [O Judah, ] I will afflict you no more.
13 From now on I'm taking the yoke from your neck and splitting it up for kindling. I'm cutting you free from the ropes of your bondage." 13 Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away."
14 God's orders on Nineveh: "You're the end of the line. It's all over with Nineveh. I'm gutting your temple. Your gods and goddesses go in the trash. I'm digging your grave. It's an unmarked grave. You're nothing - no, you're less than nothing!" 14 The LORD has given a command concerning you, [Nineveh]: "You will have no descendants to bear your name. I will destroy the carved images and cast idols that are in the temple of your gods. I will prepare your grave, for you are vile."
15 Look! Striding across the mountains - a messenger bringing the latest good news: peace! A holiday, Judah! Celebrate! Worship and recommit to God! No more worries about this enemy. This one is history. Close the books. 15 Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, O Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed.