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Nahum chapter 1

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1
The oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
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The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is fierce in wrath. The LORD takes vengeance against His foes; He is furious with His enemies.
3
The LORD is slow to anger but great in power; the LORD will never leave [the guilty] unpunished. His path is in the whirlwind and storm, and clouds are the dust beneath His feet.
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He rebukes the sea so that it dries up, and He makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither; even the flower of Lebanon withers.
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The mountains quake before Him, and the hills melt; the earth tremblesat His presence-- the world and all who live in it.
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Who can withstand His indignation? Who can endure His burning anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, even rocks are shattered before Him.
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The LORD is good, a stronghold in a day of distress; He cares for those who take refuge in Him.
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But He will completely destroy Nineveh with an overwhelming flood, and He will chase His enemies into darkness.
9
Whatever you plot against the Lord, He will bring [it] to complete destruction; oppression will not rise up a second time.
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For they will be consumed like entangled thorns, like a drunkard's drink, and like straw that is fully dry.
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One has gone out from Nineveh, who plots evil against the LORD, and is a wicked counselor.
12
This is what the LORD says: Though they are strong and numerous, they will still be mowed down, and he will pass away. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no longer.
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For I will now break off his yoke from you and tear off your shackles.
14
The LORD has issued an order concerning you: There will be no offspring to carry on your name. I will eliminate the carved idol and cast image from the house of your gods; I will prepare your grave, for you are contemptible.
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Look to the mountains-- the feet of one bringing good news and proclaiming peace! Celebrate your festivals, Judah; fulfill your vows. For the wicked one will never again march through you; he will be entirely wiped out.