THE BOOK OF NAHUM
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1 THE burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is
The LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not clear the
The LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm,
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.
5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his
Yea, the world, and all that dwell therein; who can stand before his indignation?
Who can abide 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 knoweth all them
that put their trust in him.
8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof,
Of all those that are in darkness; and darkness shall pursue his enemies.
9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end;
from them shall not rise up the second time.
10 For while they be entangled together with thorns,
And while they are drunken as drunkards,
They shall be devoured as stubble,
When they are fully dry.
11 There is one come out of thee,
That imagineth evil against the LORD, a
12 Thus saith the LORD: Though they have allies and likewise be 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 asunder.
14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee;
You shall no more have descendants sown to bear thy
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 and perform
wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.
1 HE that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face;
Keep the munitions,
watch the way,
Make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily.
2 For the LORD hath turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of
For the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred all their vine branches.
3 The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet;
The chariots shall be flaming torches in the day of his preparation,
the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.
4 The chariots shall rage in the streets,
They shall jostle one against another
in the broad ways;
They shall seem like torches, they shall run like the
5 He shall recount his worthies, and they shall stumble in their walk;
make haste to the wall thereof, and the defense shall be prepared.
6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.
7 And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up,
And her maids
shall lead her moaning like doves,
And beating upon their breasts.
8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water,
Whose water have run away; stand,
stand, shall they cry;
But none shall look back; take ye the spoil of silver, take the gold;
For there is none end
of the store and glory out of all the pleasant treasure.
10 She is empty, and void, and waste; and the heart melteth, and the knees smite
And there is much pain in all there loins, and the faces of them all gather
11 Where is the dwelling place of the lions, and the feeding place of the young
Where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the whelp, and
none were afraid?
12 The lion tore in pieces for his whelps, and strangled for his
And filled his lairs with prey, and his dens with the prey.
13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts,
And I will burn her
chariots in the smoke,
And the sword shall devour thy young;
And I will
cut off thy prey from the earth,
And the voice of thy messengers shall no more
1 WOE to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey
2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels,
And of the
prancing horses, and of the jumping chariots.
3 The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword,
And the glittering spear;
there is a multitude of slain, a great number of carcasses;
And there is
none end of their bodies: they stumble over their corpses;
4 All because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the favored harlot, the
mistress of witchcrafts,
That selleth nations through her whoredoms, and
families through her witchcrafts,
5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts;
And I will discover thy
skirts upon thy face,
And I will show the nations thy nakedness, and the
kingdoms thy shame.
6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will
make thee a gazing stock.
7 And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from
thee, and say,
Nineveh is laid waste; who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek
comforters for thee?
8 Art thou better than populous No-amon, that was situate among the rivers,
had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?
9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim
were thy helpers.
10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity; her young children,
were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets;
And they cast lots for her
And all her great men were bound in chains.
11 Thou also shalt be drunken; thou shalt be hid,
And thou also shalt seek strength
because of the enemy.
12 All thy strongholds shall be like fig trees with first ripe figs:
they be shaken, the fruits shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.
13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are weak like women;
The gates shall be wide open unto thine enemies;
The fire shall devour thy bars.
14 Draw waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds;
Go into clay and
tread the mortar, make strong the brick work.
15 There shall the fire devour thee, and the sword shall cut thee off,
It shall eat
thee up like the cankerworm; make thyself many as the cankerworm,
many as the locusts; thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven;
But the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away.
17 Thy princes are as locusts, and thy captains as grasshoppers, which camp in hedges in the cold day,
But when the sun ariseth they flee
away, and their place is not known where they are.
18 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria; thy nobles shall rest in the
Thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.
19 Now there is no healing of thy bruise; for thy wound is grievous;
All that hear the clamor of thee shall clap the hands over thee;
For upon whom hath not thy
wickedness passed continually?