Nahum 1

God's Wrath Against Nineveh

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

2 God is b jealous, and the LORD avenges;
The LORD avenges and is furious.
The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries,
And He reserves wrath for His enemies;
3 The LORD is c slow to anger and d great in power,
And will not at all acquit the wicked.
e The LORD has His way
In the whirlwind and in the storm,
And the clouds are the dust of His feet.
4 f He rebukes the sea and makes it dry,
And dries up all the rivers.
g Bashan and Carmel wither,
And the flower of Lebanon wilts.
5 The mountains quake before Him,
The hills melt,
And the earth 2 heaves at His presence,
Yes, the world and all who dwell in it.

6 Who can stand before His indignation?
And h who can endure the fierceness of His anger?
His fury is poured out like fire,
And the rocks are thrown down by Him.
7 i The LORD is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And j He knows those who trust in Him.
8 But with an overflowing flood
He will make an utter end of its place,
And darkness will pursue His enemies.
9 k What do you 3 conspire against the LORD?
l He will make an utter end of it.
Affliction will not rise up a second time.
10 For while tangled m like thorns,
n And while drunken like drunkards,
o They shall be devoured like stubble fully dried.
11 From you comes forth one
Who plots evil against the LORD,
A 4 wicked counselor.

12 Thus says the LORD:
"Though they are 5 safe, and likewise many,
Yet in this manner they will be p cut down
When he passes through.
Though I have afflicted you,
I will afflict you no more;
13 For now I will break off his yoke from you,
And burst your bonds apart."

14 The LORD has given a command concerning you:
6 "Your name shall be perpetuated no longer.
Out of the house of your gods
I will cut off the carved image and the molded image.
I will dig your q grave,
For you are r vile." 7

15 Behold, on the mountains
The s feet of him who brings good tidings,
Who proclaims peace!
O Judah, keep your appointed feasts,
Perform your vows.
For the 8 wicked one shall no more pass through you;
He is t utterly cut off.

  1. Cross References
    2 Kings 19:36
    So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh.
    Jonah 1:2
    "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me."
    Nahum 2:8
    Though Nineveh of old was like a pool of water, Now they flee away. "Halt! Halt!" they cry; But no one turns back.
    Zephaniah 2:13
    And He will stretch out His hand against the north, Destroy Assyria, And make Nineveh a desolation, As dry as the wilderness.
  2. Cross References
    Exodus 20:5
    You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.
    Joshua 24:19
    But Joshua said to the people, "You cannot serve the LORD, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 34:6
    And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.
    Exodus 34:7
    "keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation."
    Nehemiah 9:17
    They refused to obey, And they were not mindful of Your wonders That You did among them. But they hardened their necks, And in their rebellion They appointed a leader To return to their bondage. But You are God, Ready to pardon, Gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, Abundant in kindness, And did not forsake them.
    Psalms 103:8
    The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
  4. Cross References
    Job 9:4
    God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 18:17
    He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, For they were too strong for me.
  6. Cross References
    Joshua 3:15
    And as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest).
    Joshua 3:16
    That the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
    Psalms 106:9
    He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it dried up; So He led them through the depths, As through the wilderness.
    Isaiah 50:2
    Why, when I came, was there no man? Why, when I called, was there none to answer? Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Indeed with My rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness; Their fish stink because there is no water, And die of thirst.
    Matthew 8:26
    But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 33:9
    The earth mourns and languishes, Lebanon is shamed and shriveled; Sharon is like a wilderness, And Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
  8. Cross References
    Jeremiah 10:10
    But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation.
    Malachi 3:2
    But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire And like launderers' soap.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 25:8
    Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He teac...
    Psalms 37:39
    But the salvation of the righteous is from the ...
    Psalms 37:40
    And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; ...
    Psalms 100:5
    For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting,...
    Jeremiah 33:11
    The voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the...
    Lamentations 3:25
    The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To ...
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 1:6
    For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
    John 10:14
    I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
    2 Timothy 2:19
    Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 2:1
    Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?
    Nahum 1:11
    From you comes forth one Who plots evil against the LORD, A wicked counselor.
  12. Cross References
    1 Samuel 3:12
    In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.
  13. Cross References
    2 Samuel 23:6
    But the sons of rebellion shall all be as thorns thrust away, Because they cannot be taken with hands.
    Micah 7:4
    The best of them is like a brier; The most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge; The day of your watchman and your punishment comes; Now shall be their perplexity.
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 56:12
    "Come," one says, "I will bring wine, And we will fill ourselves with intoxicating drink; Tomorrow will be as today, And much more abundant."
    Nahum 3:11
    You also will be drunk; You will be hidden; You also will seek refuge from the enemy.
  15. Cross References
    Isaiah 5:24
    Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, And the flame consumes the chaff, So their root will be as rottenness, And their blossom will ascend like dust; Because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
    Isaiah 10:17
    So the Light of Israel will be for a fire, And his Holy One for a flame; It will burn and devour His thorns and his briers in one day.
    Malachi 4:1
    For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up," Says the LORD of hosts, "That will leave them neither root nor branch.
  16. Cross References
    Isaiah 10:16 - 19
    Therefore the Lord, the Lord of hosts, Will send leanness among his fat ones; And under his glory He will kindle a burning Like the burning of a fire.
    Isaiah 10:33
    Behold, the Lord, The LORD of hosts, Will lop off the bough with terror; Those of high stature will be hewn down, And the haughty will be humbled.
    Isaiah 10:34
    He will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, And Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.
  17. Cross References
    Ezekiel 32:22
    Assyria is there, and all her company, With their graves all around her, All of them slain, fallen by the sword.
    Ezekiel 32:23
    Her graves are set in the recesses of the Pit, And her company is all around her grave, All of them slain, fallen by the sword, Who caused terror in the land of the living.
  18. Cross References
    Nahum 3:6
    I will cast abominable filth upon you, Make you vile, And make you a spectacle.
  19. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:9
    O Zion, You who bring good tidings, Get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, You who bring good tidings, Lift up your voice with strength, Lift it up, be not afraid; Say to the cities of Judah, "Behold your God!
    Isaiah 52:7
    How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!
    Romans 10:15
    And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!
  20. Cross References
    Isaiah 29:7
    The multitude of all the nations who fight against Ariel, Even all who fight against her and her fortress, And distress her, Shall be as a dream of a night vision.
    Isaiah 29:8
    It shall even be as when a hungry man dreams, And look - he eats; But he awakes, and his soul is still empty; Or as when a thirsty man dreams, And look - he drinks; But he awakes, and indeed he is faint, And his soul still craves: So the multitude of all the nations shall be, Who fight against Mount Zion.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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