An oracle about Nineveh: the scroll containing the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

Power of the creator

The Lord is a jealous and vengeful God;
the Lord is vengeful and strong in wrath.
The Lord is vengeful against his foes;
he rages against his enemies.
The Lord is very patient but great in power;
the Lord punishes.
His way is in whirlwind and storm;
clouds are the dust of his feet.
He can blast the sea and make it dry up;
he can dry up all the rivers.
Bashan and Carmel wither;
the bud of Lebanon withers.
The mountains quake because of him;
the hills melt away.
The earth heaves before him—
the world and all who dwell in it.
Who can stand before his indignation?
Who can confront the heat of his fury?
His wrath pours out like fire;
the rocks are shattered because of him.
The Lord is good,
a haven in a day of distress.
He acknowledges those who take refuge in him.
With a rushing flood, he will utterly destroy her[a] place
and pursue his enemies into darkness.

A challenge to God’s enemies

What are you plotting against the Lord?
He is one who can annihilate!
Distress will not arise twice.
10 They are tangled up like thorns,
like drunkards in their cups.
They are consumed like stubble
that is entirely dried up.
11 From you[b] goes out
one who plots evil against the Lord—
a worthless counselor!

Reassurance for God’s people

12 The Lord proclaims:
Though once they were a healthy and numerous force,
they have been cut off and have disappeared.
I have afflicted you;
I won’t afflict you further, Zion.[c]
13 Now I will break off his yoke from you
and tear off your chains.

Assyrian king’s future doom

14 The Lord has commanded concerning you:
You will have no children to carry on your name.
I will remove carved idol and cast image from the house of your gods;
I will make your grave, for you are worthless.
15 [d] Look, on the mountains: the feet of a messenger who announces peace!
Celebrate your festivals, Judah!
Fulfill your solemn promises!
The worthless one will never again invade you;
he has been completely cut off.


  1. Nahum 1:8 her; likely Nineveh
  2. Nahum 1:11 you (feminine singular); likely Nineveh
  3. Nahum 1:12 Heb lacks Zion.
  4. Nahum 1:15 2:1 in Heb