1 The oracle against Nineveh;1 the book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite:2
God Takes Vengeance against His Enemies
2 The Lord is a zealous3 and avenging4 God; the Lord is avenging and very angry.5 The Lord takes vengeance6 against his foes; he sustains his rage7 against his enemies. 3 The Lord is slow to anger8 but great in power;9 the Lord will certainly not10 allow the wicked11 to go unpunished.
The Divine Warrior Destroys His Enemies but Protects His People
He marches out12 in the whirlwind and the raging storm; dark storm clouds billow like dust13 under his feet.14 4 He shouts a battle cry15 against the sea16 and makes it dry up;17 he makes all the rivers18 run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither;19
the blossom of Lebanon withers.
5 The mountains tremble before him,20 the earth is laid waste22 before him, the world and all its inhabitants23 are laid waste.24 6 No one can withstand25 his indignation!26 No one can resist27 his fierce anger!28
His wrath is poured out like volcanic fire,
boulders are broken up29 as he approaches.30 indeed,32 he is a fortress33 in time of distress,34 and he protects35 those who seek refuge36 in him. 8 But with an overwhelming flood37 he will make a complete end of Nineveh;38 he will drive39 his enemies into darkness.
Denunciation and Destruction of Nineveh
9 Whatever40 you plot41 against the Lord, he will completely destroy!42 Distress43 will not arise44 a second time. 10 Surely they will be totally consumed45 like46 entangled thorn bushes,47 like the drink of drunkards,48 11 From you, O Nineveh,50 one has marched forth who plots evil against the Lord, a wicked military strategist.51
Oracle of Deliverance to Judah
12 This is what the Lord says:52 “Even though53 they are powerful54 – and what is more,55 even though their army is numerous56 – nevertheless,57 they will be destroyed58 and trickle away!59
Although I afflicted you,
I will afflict you no more.60 13 And now,61 I will break Assyria’s62 yoke bar63 from your neck;64 I will tear apart the shackles65 that are on you.”66
Oracle of Judgment against the King of Nineveh
14 The Lord has issued a decree against you:67 “Your dynasty will come to an end.68
I will destroy the idols and images in the temples of your gods.
I will desecrate69 your grave – because you are accursed!”70
Proclamation of the Deliverance of Judah
15 71 Look! A herald is running72 on the mountains! A messenger is proclaiming deliverance:73
“Celebrate your sacred festivals, O Judah!
Fulfill your sacred vows to praise God!74 For never again75 will the wicked76 Assyrians77 invade78 you, they79 have been completely destroyed.”80