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Nahum 1 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:1 - This message concerning Nineveh came as a vision to Nahum, who lived in Elkosh.
The LORD’s Anger against Nineveh
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:2 - The LORD is a jealous God,
filled with vengeance and rage.
He takes revenge on all who oppose him
and continues to rage against his enemies!
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:3 - The LORD is slow to get angry, but his power is great,
and he never lets the guilty go unpunished.
He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm.
The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:4 - At his command the oceans dry up,
and the rivers disappear.
The lush pastures of Bashan and Carmel fade,
and the green forests of Lebanon wither.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:5 - In his presence the mountains quake,
and the hills melt away;
the earth trembles,
and its people are destroyed.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:6 - Who can stand before his fierce anger?
Who can survive his burning fury?
His rage blazes forth like fire,
and the mountains crumble to dust in his presence.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:7 - The LORD is good,
a strong refuge when trouble comes.
He is close to those who trust in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:8 - But he will sweep away his enemies
in an overwhelming flood.
He will pursue his foes
into the darkness of night.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:9 - Why are you scheming against the LORD?
He will destroy you with one blow;
he won’t need to strike twice!
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:10 - His enemies, tangled like thornbushes
and staggering like drunks,
will be burned up like dry stubble in a field.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:11 - Who is this wicked counselor of yours
who plots evil against the LORD?
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:12 - This is what the LORD says:
“Though the Assyrians have many allies,
they will be destroyed and disappear.
O my people, I have punished you before,
but I will not punish you again.
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:13 - Now I will break the yoke of bondage from your neck
and tear off the chains of Assyrian oppression.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:14 - And this is what the LORD says concerning the Assyrians in Nineveh:
“You will have no more children to carry on your name.
I will destroy all the idols in the temples of your gods.
I am preparing a grave for you
because you are despicable!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNah 1:15 - [fn]Look! A messenger is coming over the mountains with good news!
He is bringing a message of peace.
Celebrate your festivals, O people of Judah,
and fulfill all your vows,
for your wicked enemies will never invade your land again.
They will be completely destroyed!
NLT Footnotes
Verse 1:15 is numbered 2:1 in Hebrew text.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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