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1 This is the message for the city of Nineveh. This is the book of the vision of Nahum, who was from the town of Elkosh. 1 An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
2 The Lord is a jealous God who punishes; the Lord punishes and is filled with anger. The Lord punishes those who are against him, and he stays angry with his enemies. 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 The Lord does not become angry quickly, and his power is great. The Lord will not let the guilty go unpunished. Where the Lord goes, there are whirlwinds and storms, and the clouds are the dust beneath 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 speaks to the sea and makes it dry; he dries up all the rivers. The areas of Bashan and Carmel dry up, and the flowers of Lebanon dry up. 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 The mountains shake in front of him, and the hills melt. The earth trembles when he comes; the world and all who live in it shake with fear. 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 No one can stay alive when he is angry; no one can survive his strong anger. His anger is poured out like fire; the rocks are smashed by him. 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 The Lord is good, giving protection in times of trouble. He knows who trusts in him. 7 The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,
8 But like a rushing flood, he will completely destroy Nineveh; he will chase his enemies until he kills them. 8 but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of [Nineveh]; he will pursue his foes into darkness.
9 The Lord will completely destroy anyone making plans against him. Trouble will not come a second time. 9 Whatever they plot against the LORD he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time.
10 Those people will be like tangled thorns or like people drunk from their wine; they will be burned up quickly like dry weeds. 10 They will be entangled among thorns and drunk from their wine; they will be consumed like dry stubble.
11 Someone has come from Nineveh who makes evil plans against the Lord and gives wicked advice. 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 Assyria is strong and has many people, it will be defeated and brought to an end. Although I have made you suffer, Judah, I will make you suffer no more. 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 Now I will free you from their control and tear away your chains." 13 Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away."
14 The Lord has given you this command, Nineveh: "You will not have descendants to carry on your name. I will destroy the idols and metal images that are in the temple of your gods. I will make a grave for you, because you are wicked." 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, there on the hills, someone is bringing good news! He is announcing peace! Celebrate your feasts, people of Judah, and give your promised sacrifices to God. The wicked will not come to attack you again; they have been completely destroyed. 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.