Nahum 1:8
New International Version
but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness.

New Living Translation
But he will sweep away his enemies in an overwhelming flood. He will pursue his foes into the darkness of night.

English Standard Version
But with an overflowing flood he will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.

Berean Study Bible
But with an overflowing flood, He will make an end of Nineveh and pursue His enemies into darkness.

New American Standard Bible
But with an overflowing flood He will make a complete end of its site, And will pursue His enemies into darkness.

King James Bible
But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

Christian Standard Bible
But he will completely destroy Nineveh with an overwhelming flood, and he will chase his enemies into darkness.

Contemporary English Version
But like a roaring flood, the LORD chases his enemies into dark places and destroys them.

Good News Translation
Like a great rushing flood he completely destroys his enemies; he sends to their death those who oppose him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But He will completely destroy Nineveh with an overwhelming flood, and He will chase His enemies into darkness.

International Standard Version
But with an overwhelming deluge he will bring utter desolation to Nineveh, and his enemies he will pursue with darkness.

NET Bible
But with an overwhelming flood he will make a complete end of Nineveh; he will drive his enemies into darkness.

New Heart English Bible
But with an overflowing flood, he will make a full end of her place, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will put an end to Nineveh with a devastating flood. He will pursue his enemies with darkness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But with an overrunning flood He will make a full end of the place thereof, And darkness shall pursue His enemies.

New American Standard 1977
But with an overflowing flood He will make a complete end of its site, And will pursue His enemies into darkness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of his place, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

King James 2000 Bible
But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of its place, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

American King James Version
But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

American Standard Version
But with an over-running flood he will make a full end of her place, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end: darkness shall pursue those that rise up against him and his enemies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But with a flood that passeth by, he will make an utter end of the place thereof: and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

Darby Bible Translation
But with an overrunning flood he will make a full end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

English Revised Version
But with an overrunning flood he will make a full end of the place thereof, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.

Webster's Bible Translation
But with an over-running flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

World English Bible
But with an overflowing flood, he will make a full end of her place, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.

Young's Literal Translation
And with a flood passing over, An end He maketh of its place, And His enemies doth darkness pursue.
Study Bible
The Oracle of Nineveh
7The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of distress; He cares for those who trust in Him. 8But with an overflowing flood, He will make an end of Nineveh and pursue His enemies into darkness. 9Whatever you plot against the LORD, He will bring to an end. Affliction will not rise up a second time.…
Cross References
Job 40:11
Unleash the fury of your wrath; look on every proud man and bring him low.

Isaiah 13:9
Behold, the Day of the LORD is coming--cruel, with fury and burning anger--to make the earth a desolation and to destroy the sinners within it.

Isaiah 13:10
For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light. The sun will be darkened when it rises, and the moon will not give its light.

Isaiah 28:2
Behold, the Lord has a strong and mighty one. Like a hailstorm or destructive tempest, like a driving rain or flooding downpour, He will smash it to the ground.

Isaiah 28:17
I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the level." Hail will sweep away your refuge of lies, and water will flood your hiding place.

Jeremiah 51:64
Then you are to say, 'In the same way, Babylon will sink and never rise again, because of the disaster I will bring upon her. And her people will grow weary.'" Here end the words of Jeremiah.

Daniel 9:26
Then after the sixty-two weeks, the Messiah will be cut off and will have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood, and until the end there will be war; desolations have been decreed.

Amos 8:8
Will not the land quake for this and all its dwellers mourn? All of it will swell like the Nile; it will surge and then subside like the Nile in Egypt."

Treasury of Scripture

But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

with.

Isaiah 8:7,8
Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks: …

Isaiah 28:17
Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

Ezekiel 13:13
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.

the place.

Nahum 1:1
The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

Nahum 2:8
But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.

Zephaniah 2:13
And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.

darkness.

Job 30:15
Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.

Proverbs 4:19
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Isaiah 8:22
And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.







Lexicon
But with an overflowing
עֹבֵ֔ר (‘ō·ḇêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5674: To pass over, through, or by, pass on

flood,
וּבְשֶׁ֣טֶף (ū·ḇə·še·ṭep̄)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7858: Flood -- a deluge

He will make
יַעֲשֶׂ֣ה (ya·‘ă·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

an end
כָּלָ֖ה (kā·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3617: Completion, complete destruction, consumption, annihilation

[of Nineveh]
מְקוֹמָ֑הּ (mə·qō·w·māh)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4725: A standing, a spot, a condition

and pursue
יְרַדֶּף־ (yə·rad·dep̄-)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7291: To pursue, chase, persecute

His enemies
וְאֹיְבָ֖יו (wə·’ō·yə·ḇāw)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 341: Hating, an adversary

into darkness.
חֹֽשֶׁךְ׃ (ḥō·šeḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness
(8) But.--Better, and. Jehovah protects His afflicted servants, and therefore He exterminates their oppressor.

Overrunning flood.--On the propriety of this figure see Nahum 2:6, Note.

The place thereof--i.e., that of Nineveh. The verse ends, "and he shall drive his enemies into darkness."

Verse 8. - With an overrunning flood. This may be merely a metaphor to express the utter devastation which should overwhelm Nineveh, as the invasion of a hostile army is often thus depicted (comp. Isaiah 8:7; Daniel 11:26, 40); or it may be an allusion to the inundation which aided the capture of the city (see note on Nahum 2:6). Of the place thereof; i.e. of Nineveh, not named, but present to the prophet's mind, and understood from the heading (ver. 1). (For the utter destruction of Nineveh, comp. Zephaniah 2:13, etc.) The LXX. has, τοὺς ἐπένειρομένους ("those that rise up"). The Chaldee has a similar reading, with the meaning that God would exterminate those who rise up against him. Darkness shall pursue his enemies. So the Septuagint and Vulgate. But it is better rendered, He shall pursue his enemies into darkness, so that they disappear from the earth. If this is the meaning of the clause, it resembles the termination of many Assyrian inscriptions which record the defeat of a hostile chieftain: "and no one has seen any trace of him since." 1:1-8 About a hundred years before, at Jonah's preaching, the Ninevites repented, and were spared, yet, soon after, they became worse than ever. Nineveh knows not that God who contends with her, but is told what a God he is. It is good for all to mix faith with what is here said concerning Him, which speaks great terror to the wicked, and comfort to believers. Let each take his portion from it: let sinners read it and tremble; and let saints read it and triumph. The anger of the Lord is contrasted with his goodness to his people. Perhaps they are obscure and little regarded in the world, but the Lord knows them. The Scripture character of Jehovah agrees not with the views of proud reasoners. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is slow to wrath and ready to forgive, but he will by no means acquit the wicked; and there is tribulation and anguish for every soul that doeth evil: but who duly regards the power of his wrath?
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