1 The oracle of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
The LORD is avenging and wrathful.
The LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries,
And He reserves wrath for His enemies.
And the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.
In whirlwind and storm is His way,
And clouds are the dust beneath His feet.
He dries up all the rivers.
Bashan and Carmel wither;
The blossoms of Lebanon wither.
And the hills dissolve;
Indeed the earth is upheaved by His presence,
The world and all the inhabitants in it.
Who can endure the burning of His anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire
And the rocks are broken up by Him.
A stronghold in the day of trouble,
And He knows those who take refuge in Him.
He will make a complete end of its site,
And will pursue His enemies into darkness.
He will make a complete end of it.
Distress will not rise up twice.
And like those who are drunken with their drink,
They are consumed
As stubble completely withered.
One who plotted evil against the LORD,
A wicked counselor.
“Though they are at full strength and likewise many,
Even so, they will be cut off and pass away.
Though I have afflicted you,
I will afflict you no longer.
And I will tear off your shackles.”
“Your name will no longer be perpetuated.
I will cut off idol and image
From the house of your gods.
I will prepare your grave,
For you are contemptible.”
Who announces peace!
Celebrate your feasts, O Judah;
Pay your vows.
For never again will the wicked one pass through you;
He is cut off completely.
Nahum, 1 chapter. New American Standard Bible.