1The oracle against Nineveh;
the book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite:
God Takes Vengeance against His Enemies
2The Lord is a zealous and avenging God;
the Lord is avenging and very angry.
The Lord takes vengeance against his foes;
he sustains his rage against his enemies.
3The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
the Lord will certainly not allow the wicked to go unpunished.
The Divine Warrior Destroys His Enemies but Protects His People
He marches out in the whirlwind and the raging storm;
dark storm clouds billow like dust under his feet.
4He shouts a battle cry against the sea and makes it dry up;
he makes all the rivers run dry.
Bashan and Carmel wither;
the blossom of Lebanon withers.
5The mountains tremble before him,
the hills convulse;
the earth is laid waste before him,
the world and all its inhabitants are laid waste.
6No one can withstand his indignation!
No one can resist his fierce anger!
His wrath is poured out like volcanic fire,
boulders are broken up as he approaches.
7The Lord is good –
indeed, he is a fortress in time of distress,
and he protects those who seek refuge in him.
8But with an overwhelming flood
he will make a complete end of Nineveh;
he will drive his enemies into darkness.
Denunciation and Destruction of Nineveh
9Whatever you plot against the Lord, he will completely destroy!
Distress will not arise a second time.
10Surely they will be totally consumed
like entangled thorn bushes,
like the drink of drunkards,
like very dry stubble.
11From you, O Nineveh, one has marched forth who plots evil against the Lord,
a wicked military strategist.
Oracle of Deliverance to Judah
12This is what the Lord says:
“Even though they are powerful –
and what is more, even though their army is numerous –
nevertheless, they will be destroyed and trickle away!
Although I afflicted you,
I will afflict you no more.
13And now, I will break Assyria’s yoke bar from your neck;
I will tear apart the shackles that are on you.”
Oracle of Judgment against the King of Nineveh
14The Lord has issued a decree against you:
“Your dynasty will come to an end.
I will destroy the idols and images in the temples of your gods.
I will desecrate your grave – because you are accursed!”
Proclamation of the Deliverance of Judah
A messenger is proclaiming deliverance:
“Celebrate your sacred festivals, O Judah!
Fulfill your sacred vows to praise God!
For never again will the wicked Assyrians invade you,
they have been completely destroyed.”