Based on the Authorised Version (King James) with the words "God" and "LORD"
restored to their original words, and various words
(thee, thine, shouldest, crieth, didst, etc) and
constructions (them that, etc) modernized.
1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the
2 Elohim is jealous, and YHWH takes revenge; YHWH takes revenge, and
is furious; YHWH will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserves
wrath for his enemies.
3 YHWH is slow to anger, and great in power, and
will not at all acquit the wicked: YHWH has his way in the whirlwind and
in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebukes the
sea, and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers: Bashan languishes, and
Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languishes.
5 The mountains quake at him,
and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yes, the world,
and all that dwell therein.
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.
7 YHWH is good, a strong hold in
the day of trouble; and he knows those who trust in him.
8 But with an
overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness
shall pursue his enemies.
9 What do you imagine against YHWH? he will
make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.
while they be enclosed together as thorns, and while they are drunken as
drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.
11 There is one come
out of you, that imagines evil against YHWH, a wicked counsellor.
12 Thus said YHWH; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus
shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted
you, I will afflict you no more.
13 For now will I break his yoke from off
you, and will burst your bonds in sunder.
14 And YHWH has given a
commandment concerning you, that no more of your name be sown: out of the
house of your elohim will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will
make your grave; for you are vile.
15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of
him who brings good tidings, that publishes peace! O Judah, keep your
solemn feasts, perform your vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through
you; he is utterly cut off.
1 He that dashes in pieces is come up before
your face: keep the munition, watch the way, make your loins strong, fortify your
2 For YHWH has turned away the excellency of Jacob, as
the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred
their vine branches.
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.
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.
shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make
haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared.
6 The gates of
the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.
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.
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.
9 Take you the spoil of silver, take the
spoil of gold: for there is no end of the store and glory out of all the
10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart
melts, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the
faces of them all gather blackness.
11 Where is the dwelling of the lions,
and the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion,
walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid?
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 ravage.
13 Behold, I am against
you, said YHWH of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and
the sword shall devour your young lions: and I will cut off your prey from the
earth, and the voice of your messengers shall no more be heard.
1 Woe to
the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departs not;
2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of
the prancing horses, and of the jumping chariots.
3 The horseman lifts 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 no end of their corpses;
they stumble upon their corpses:
4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms
of the well favoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, who sells nations
through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.
5 Behold, I am
against you, said YHWH of hosts; and I will discover your skirts upon your
face, and I will show the nations your nakedness, and the kingdoms your shame.
6 And I will cast abominable filth upon you, and make you vile, and will
set you as a gazingstock.
7 And it shall come to pass, that all those who
look upon you shall flee from you, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will
bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for you?
8 Are you better than
populous No, that was situated among the rivers, that had the waters round
about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?
9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim
were your helpers.
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
11 You also shall be drunken: you shall be hid, you also shall
seek strength because of the enemy.
12 All your strong holds shall be like
fig trees with the first ripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall
into the mouth of the eater.
13 Behold, your people in the midst of you are
women: the gates of your land shall be set wide open unto your enemies: the
fire shall devour your bars.
14 Draw you waters for the siege, fortify your
strong holds: go into clay, and tread the mortar, make strong the brick kiln.
15 There shall the fire devour you; the sword shall cut you off, it shall
eat you up like the cankerworm: make yourself many as the cankerworm, make
yourself many as the locusts.
16 You have multiplied your merchants above the
stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoils, and flees away.
17 Your crowned
are as the locusts, and your captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in
the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun arises they flee away, and their
place is not known where they are.
18 Your shepherds slumber, O king of
Assyria: your nobles shall dwell in the dust: your people are scattered upon the
mountains, and no man gathers them.
19 There is no healing of your bruise;
your wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of you shall clap the hands
over you: for upon whom has not your wickedness passed continually?
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