Nahum 1 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Here is a message the LORD gave Nahum in a vision about Nineveh. It is written on a scroll. Nahum was from the town of Elkosh. Here is what he said. 1 An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
2 The LORD is a jealous God who punishes people. He pays them back for the evil things they do. His anger burns against them. The LORD punishes his enemies. He holds his anger back until the right time to use it. 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 is slow to get angry. He is very powerful. The LORD will not let guilty people go without punishing them. When he marches out, he stirs up winds and storms. Clouds are the dust kicked up by 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 controls the seas. He dries them up. He makes all of the rivers run dry. Bashan and Mount Carmel dry up. The flowers in Lebanon fade. 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 He causes the mountains to shake. The hills melt away. The earth trembles because he is there. So do the world and all those who live in it. 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 stand firm when his anger burns? Who can live when he is angry? His anger blazes out like fire. He smashes the rocks to pieces. 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. When people are in trouble, they can go to him for safety. He takes good care of those who trust in him. 7 The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,
8 But he will destroy Nineveh with a powerful flood. He will chase his enemies into the darkness of punishment. 8 but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of [Nineveh]; he will pursue his foes into darkness.
9 The LORD will put an end to anything they plan against him. He won't allow Assyria to win the battle over his people a second time. 9 Whatever they plot against the LORD he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time.
10 His enemies will be tangled up among thorns. Their wine will make them drunk. They'll be burned up like dry straw. 10 They will be entangled among thorns and drunk from their wine; they will be consumed like dry stubble.
11 Nineveh, a king has marched out from you. He makes evil plans against the Lord. He gives harmful advice. 11 From you, [O Nineveh, ] has one come forth who plots evil against the LORD and counsels wickedness.
12 The LORD says, "His army has many soldiers. Other nations are helping them. But they will be cut off and pass away. Judah, I punished you. But I will not do it anymore. 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 break Assyria's yoke off your neck. I will tear off the ropes that hold you." 13 Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away."
14 Nineveh, the LORD has given an order concerning you. He has said, "You will not have any children to carry on your name. I will destroy the wooden and metal statues that are in the temple of your gods. I will get your grave ready for you. You are worthless." 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 at the mountains of Judah! I see a messenger running to bring good news! He's telling us that peace has come! People of Judah, celebrate your feasts. Carry out your promises. The evil Assyrians won't attack you again. They'll be 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.