0 Woe to the bloody city! (Nahum 1-3)

Episode 226: Woe to the bloody city!

Nahum 1-3

God is jealous and furious

1 1 This is the book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite about Nineveh.

2 God is jealous, furious, and filled with wrath and revenge toward his enemies.

3 He is slow to anger, but he won't acquit the wicked. He has his way in whirlwinds. Storms and clouds are the dust of his feet.

4 He rebukes the sea and rivers, and they dry up.

5 The mountains shake, the hills melt, and the earth, and all that live on it, are burned in his presence.

6 He pours out his fury like fire and throws rocks from above.

7 God is a good protector in times of trouble.

8 But he'll destroy with a flood and cover his enemies in darkness.

9 So don’t upset him.

10 If you do, he'll wait until you're drunk and burn you to death.

There is much pain is in all loins

2 1 Get ready, Nineveh. Make your loins strong. Someone is coming who will smash you to pieces.

10 The heart melts, the knees knock together, and there is much pain in all loins.

13 God says, "I'm against you. I'll burn your chariots and the sword will devour your young lions."

Woe to the bloody city!

3 1 Woe to the bloody city!

2 It is filled with dead bodies.

4 Because of the whoredoms of the well-favored harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts.

5 God says,

I'm against you.

I'll discover your skirts on your face.

I'll show your nakedness to all nations and kingdoms.

6 I'll cast abominable filth upon you and make you vile.

13 Your leaders are women! You'll be destroyed by your enemies.

15 You'll be burned with fire, killed by the sword, and eaten up like a cankerworm.

A few more words about this episode

This is the vision of Nahum Elkoshiste about Nineveh. (1:1)
The book of Nahum is an anti-Assyrian poem written near the end of the seventh century BCE, around the time of the fall of Nineveh in 612 BCE.
Nothing is known about Nahum or Elkoshites, although his tomb is said to be in the town of Alqosh in what is now northern Iraq.
Neither the book nor the prophet is mentioned anywhere else in the Bible. And Nahum is the only prophetic book in the Bible that refers to itself as a "book".
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