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Nahum 1 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 This message concerning Nineveh came as a vision to Nahum, who lived in Elkosh. 1 An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
2 The LORD is a jealous God, filled with vengeance and wrath. He takes revenge on all who oppose him and furiously destroys 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 is slow to get angry, but his power is great, and he never lets the guilty go unpunished. He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing 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 At his command the oceans and rivers dry up, the lush pastures of Bashan and Carmel fade, and the green forests of Lebanon wilt. 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 In his presence the mountains quake, and the hills melt away; the earth trembles, and its people are destroyed. 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 before his fierce anger? Who can survive his burning fury? His rage blazes forth like fire, and the mountains crumble to dust in his presence. 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 trouble comes, he is a strong refuge. And he knows everyone 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 he sweeps away his enemies in an overwhelming flood. He pursues his foes into the darkness of night. 8 but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of [Nineveh]; he will pursue his foes into darkness.
9 Why are you scheming against the LORD? He will destroy you with one blow; he won't need to strike twice! 9 Whatever they plot against the LORD he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time.
10 His enemies, tangled up like thorns, staggering like drunks, will be burned like dry straw in a field. 10 They will be entangled among thorns and drunk from their wine; they will be consumed like dry stubble.
11 Who is this king of yours who dares to plot evil against the LORD? 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: "Even though the Assyrians have many allies, they will be destroyed and disappear. O my people, I have already punished you once, and I will not do it 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 Now I will break your chains and release you from Assyrian oppression." 13 Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away."
14 And this is what the LORD says concerning the Assyrians in Nineveh: "You will have no more children to carry on your name. I will destroy all the idols in the temples of your gods. I am preparing a grave for you because you are despicable and don't deserve to live!" 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! A messenger is coming over the mountains with good news! He is bringing a message of peace. Celebrate your festivals, O people of Judah, and fulfill all your vows, for your enemies from Nineveh will never invade your land 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.