The vision of Nahum concerning the burden of Nineveh
The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
God [is] jealous, and the Lord revenges; the Lord revenges, and [is] furious; the Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves [wrath] for His enemies.
The Lord [is] slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit [the wicked], the Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds [are] the dust of His feet.
He 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 at Him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at His presence, indeed, the world, and all who dwell therein.
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.
The Lord [is] good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.
But with an overrunning flood, He will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness will pursue His enemies.
What do you imagine against the Lord? He will make an utter end, affliction will not rise up the second time.
For while [they are] entangled together [as] thorns, and while they are drunk [as] drunkards, they will be devoured as fully dry stubble.
There is [one who has] come out of you, who imagines evil against the Lord, a wicked counselor.
Thus the Lord says; "Though [they are] quiet, and likewise many, yet thus they will be cut down, when he will pass through. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no more.
For now I will break his yoke from off you, and will burst your bonds in sunder.
And the Lord has given a commandment concerning you, [that] no more of your name shall be sown, I will cut off the graven image and the molten image out of the house of your gods, I will make your grave; for you are vile.
Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace! O Judah, keep your solemn feasts, perform your vows, for the wicked will no longer pass through you; he is utterly cut off."
He who dashes in pieces has come up before your face, keep the munition, watch the way, make [your] loins strong, fortify [your] power mightily.
For the Lord has turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel, for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches.
The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men [are] in scarlet, the chariots [will be] with flaming torches in the day of its preparation, and the fir trees will be terribly shaken.
The chariots will rage in the streets, they will justle, one against another in the broad ways, they will seem like torches, they will run like the lightnings.
He will recount his nobles, they will stumble in their walk; they will make haste to the wall thereof, and the defense will be prepared.
The gates of the rivers will be opened, and the palace will be dissolved.
And Huzzab will be led away captive, she will be brought up, and her maids will lead [her] as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts.
But Nineveh [is] of old, like a pool of water, yet they will flee away. "Stand, stand," [they will cry]; but none will look back.
Take the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold, for [there is] no end of the store [and] glory out of all the pleasant furniture.
She is empty, and void, and waste, and the heart melts, and the knees strike together, and much pain [is] in all loins, and their faces all gather blackness.
Where [is] the dwelling of the lions, and the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion, [even] the old lion, walked, [and] the lion's whelp, and none made [them] afraid?
The lion tore in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.
"Behold, I [am] against you," the Lord of hosts says, "And I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions, and I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers will no longer be heard."
Woe to the bloody city! It [is] all full of lies [and] robbery; the prey does not depart;
The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the prancing horses, and of the jumping chariots.
The horseman lifts up both the bright sword and the glittering spear, and [there is] a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcasses; and [there is] no end of [their] corpses; they stumble upon their corpses.
Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the well favored harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, who sells nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.
"Behold, I [am] against you, the Lord of hosts says; and I will roll your skirts upon your face, and I will show the nations your nakedness, and the kingdoms your shame.
And it will come to pass, [that] all those who look upon you will flee from you, and say, "Nineveh is laid waste, who will bemoan her?" From where will I seek comforters for you?
Are you better than populous No, which was situated among the rivers, [that had] the waters around it, whose rampart [was] the sea, [and] her wall [was] from the sea?
Ethiopia and Egypt [were] her strength, and [it was] infinite; Put and Lubim were your helpers.
Yet she [was] carried away, she went into captivity, her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets, and they cast lots for her honorable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.
You also will be drunk, you will be hidden, you also will seek strength because of the enemy.
All your strongholds [will be like] fig trees with the firstripe figs, if they are shaken, they will even fall into the mouth of the eater.
Behold, your people in the midst of you [are] women, the gates of your land will be set wide open to your enemies, the fire will devour your bars.
Draw waters for the siege, fortify your strongholds, go into clay, and tread the mortar, make the brickkiln strong.
There, the fire will devour you; the sword will cut you off, it will eat you up like the cankerworm, make yourself numerous as the cankerworm, make yourself numerous as the locusts.
You have multiplied your merchants above the stars of heaven, the cankerworm spoils, and flies away.
Your crowned [are] as the locusts, and your captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, [but] when the sun arises they flee away, and their place is not known where they [are].
Your shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria, your nobles will dwell [in the dust], your people are scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathers [them].
[There is] no healing of your bruise; your wound is grievous, all who hear the bruit of you will clap the hands over you, for upon whom has your wickedness not passed continually?