Chapter 1
An oracle about Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
Yahweh is a jealous God and avenges. Yahweh avenges and is full of wrath. Yahweh takes vengeance on her adversaries, and she maintains wrath against her enemies.
Yahweh is slow to anger, and great in power, and will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. Yahweh has her way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of her feet.
She rebukes the sea, and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers. Bashan languishes, and Carmel; and the flower of Lebanon languishes.
The mountains quake before her, and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at her presence, yes, the world, and all who dwell in it.
Who can stand before her indignation? Who can endure the fierceness of her anger? Her wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken apart by her.
Yahweh is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and she knows those who take refuge in her.
But with an overflowing flood, she will make a full end of his place, and will pursue her enemies into darkness.
What do you plot against Yahweh? She will make a full end. Affliction won't rise up the second time.
For entangled like thorns, and drunken as with their drink, they are consumed utterly like dry stubble.
There is one gone forth out of you, who devises evil against Yahweh, who counsels wickedness.
Thus says Yahweh: "Though they be in full strength, and likewise many, even so they will be cut down, and she shall pass away. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no more.
Now will I break her yoke from off you, and will burst your bonds apart."
Yahweh has commanded concerning you: "No more descendants will bear your name. Out of the house of your gods, will I cut off the engraved image and the molten image. I will make your grave, for you are vile."
Behold, on the mountains the feet of her who brings good news, who publishes peace! Keep your feasts, Judah! Perform your vows, for the wicked one will no more pass through you. She is utterly cut off.