The Book of Nahum

CHAPTER 1

God is jealous and furious
Injustice Contradiction Absurdity Science Cruelty Intolerance 1:1-15

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

This is the vision of Nahum about Nineveh.

2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

God is jealous, furious, and filled with wrath and revenge toward his enemies. [1]

3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

He is slow to anger, but he won't acquit the wicked. [2]

He has his way in whirlwinds; [3]

storms and clouds are the dust of his feet.

4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

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

5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

The mountains shake, the hills melt,

and the earth, and all that live on it, is burned in his presence.

6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire,and the rocks are thrown down by him.

He pours out his fury like fire,

and throws rocks from above.

7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

God is a good protector in times of trouble. [4]

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

But he'll destroy with a flood,

and cover his enemies in darkness.

9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

So don't mess with him.

10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.

12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.

He'll wait until your drunk and burn you to death. [5]