1:1: The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision
of Nahum the Elkoshite.
1:2: God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the
LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on
his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
1:3: The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power,
and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in
the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of
1:4: He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and
drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and
the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
1:5: The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt,
and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all
that dwell therein.
1:6: Who can stand before his indignation? and who
can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured
out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
1:7: The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of
trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
1:8: But with an overrunning flood he will make an
utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his
1:9: What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will
make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.
1:10: For while they be folden together as thorns,
and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured
as stubble fully dry.
1:11: There is one come out of thee, that imagineth
evil against the LORD, a wicked counseller.
1:12: Thus saith the LORD: Though they be quiet,
and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall
pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee
1:13: For now will I break his yoke from off thee,
and will burst thy bonds in sunder.
1:14: And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning
thee, that no more of thy name be sown: 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.
1:15: Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that
bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy
solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more
pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.
2:1: He that dasheth in pieces is come up before
thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong,
fortify thy power mightily.
2:2: For the LORD hath turned away the excellency
of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied
them out, and marred their vine branches.
2:3: The shield of his mighty men is made red, the
valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming
torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall
be terribly shaken.
2:4: The chariots shall rage in the streets, they
shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall
seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.
2:5: He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble
in their walk; they shall make hast to the wall thereof, and the
defence shall be prepared.
2:6: The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and
the palace shall be dissolved.
2:7: And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall
be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice
of doves, tabering upon their breasts.
2:8: But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water:
yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none
shall look back.
2:9: Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil
of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all
the pleasant furniture.
2:10: She is empty, and void, and waste: and the
heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is
in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.
2:11: Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the
feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old
lion, walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid?
2:12: The lion did tear in pieces enough for his
whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes
with prey, and his dens with ravin.
2:13: 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 lions: and I will cut off thy prey from
the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.
3:1: Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies
and robbery; the prey departeth not;
3:2: The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling
of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping
3:3: The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword
and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and
a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses;
they stumble upon their corpses:
3:4: Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of
the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth
nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.
3:5: Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of
hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will
shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.
3:6: And I will cast abominable filth upon thee,
and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.
3:7: 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
3:8: Art thou better than populous No, that was situate
among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart
was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?
3:9: Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it
was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.
3:10: Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity:
her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all
the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all
her great men were bound in chains.
3:11: Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid,
thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.
3:12: All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees
with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall
into the mouth of the eater.
3:13: Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are
women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine
enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.
3:14: Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy
strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong
3:15: There shall the fire devour thee; the sword
shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm:
make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the
3:16: Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the
stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away.
3:17: Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains
as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold
day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place
is not known where they are.
3:18: Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy
nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the
mountains, and no man gathereth them.
3:19: There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound
is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands
over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?