7 I am depressed! 1
Indeed, 2 it is as if the summer fruit has been gathered,
and the grapes have been harvested. 3
There is no grape cluster to eat,
no fresh figs that I crave so much. 4
2 Faithful men have disappeared 5 from the land;
there are no godly men left. 6
They all wait in ambush so they can shed blood; 7
they hunt their own brother with a net. 8
3 They are determined to be experts at doing evil; 9
government officials and judges take bribes, 10
prominent men make demands,
and they all do what is necessary to satisfy them. 11
4 The best of them is like a thorn;
the most godly among them are more dangerous than a row of thorn bushes. 12
The day you try to avoid by posting watchmen –
your appointed time of punishment – is on the way, 13
and then you will experience confusion. 14
5 Do not rely on a friend;
do not trust a companion!
Don’t even share secrets with the one who lies in your arms! 15
6 For a son thinks his father is a fool,
a daughter challenges 16 her mother,
and a daughter-in-law her mother-in-law;
a man’s enemies are his own servants. 17
7 But I will keep watching for the Lord;
I will wait for the God who delivers me.
My God will hear my lament. 18
8 My enemies, 19 do not gloat 20 over me!
Though I have fallen, I will get up.
Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. 21
9 I must endure 22 the Lord’s anger,
for I have sinned against him.
But then 23 he will defend my cause, 24
and accomplish justice on my behalf.
He will lead me out into the light;
I will experience firsthand 25 his deliverance. 26
10 When my enemies see this, they will be covered with shame.
They say 27 to me, “Where is the Lord your God?”
I will gloat over them. 28
Then they will be trampled down 29
like mud in the streets.
11 It will be a day for rebuilding your walls;
in that day your boundary will be extended. 30
12 In that day people 31 will come to you 32
from Assyria as far as 33 Egypt,
from Egypt as far as the Euphrates River, 34
from the seacoasts 35 and the mountains. 36
13 The earth will become desolate 37
because of what its inhabitants have done. 38
14 Shepherd your people with your shepherd’s rod, 39
the flock that belongs to you, 40
the one that lives alone in a thicket,
in the midst of a pastureland. 41
Allow them to graze in Bashan and Gilead, 42
as they did in the old days. 43
15 “As in the days when you departed from the land of Egypt,
I will show you 44 miraculous deeds.” 45
16 Nations will see this and be disappointed by 46 all their strength,
they will put their hands over their mouths,
and act as if they were deaf. 47
17 They will lick the dust like a snake,
like serpents crawling on the ground. 48
They will come trembling from their strongholds
to the Lord our God; 49
they will be terrified 50 of you. 51
18 There is no other God like you! 52
You 53 forgive sin
and pardon 54 the rebellion
of those who remain among your people. 55
You do not remain angry forever, 56
but delight in showing loyal love.
19 You will once again 57 have mercy on us;
you will conquer 58 our evil deeds;
you will hurl our 59 sins into the depths of the sea. 60
20 You will be loyal to Jacob
and extend your loyal love to Abraham, 61
which you promised on oath to our ancestors 62
in ancient times. 63
1 The oracle against Nineveh; 1
the book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite: 2
2 The Lord is a zealous 3 and avenging 4 God;
the Lord is avenging and very angry. 5
The Lord takes vengeance 6 against his foes;
he sustains his rage 7 against his enemies.
3 The Lord is slow to anger 8 but great in power; 9
the Lord will certainly not 10 allow the wicked 11 to go unpunished.
He marches out 12 in the whirlwind and the raging storm;
dark storm clouds billow like dust 13 under his feet. 14
4 He shouts a battle cry 15 against the sea 16 and makes it dry up; 17
he makes all the rivers 18 run dry.
Bashan and Carmel wither; 19
the blossom of Lebanon withers.
5 The mountains tremble before him, 20
the hills convulse; 21
the earth is laid waste 22 before him,
the world and all its inhabitants 23 are laid waste. 24
6 No one can withstand 25 his indignation! 26
No one can resist 27 his fierce anger! 28
His wrath is poured out like volcanic fire,
boulders are broken up 29 as he approaches. 30
7 The Lord is good 31 –
indeed, 32 he is a fortress 33 in time of distress, 34
and he protects 35 those who seek refuge 36 in him.
8 But with an overwhelming flood 37
he will make a complete end of Nineveh; 38
he will drive 39 his enemies into darkness.
9 Whatever 40 you plot 41 against the Lord, he will completely destroy! 42
Distress 43 will not arise 44 a second time.
10 Surely they will be totally consumed 45
like 46 entangled thorn bushes, 47
like the drink of drunkards, 48
like very 49 dry stubble.
11 From you, O Nineveh, 50 one has marched forth who plots evil against the Lord,
a wicked military strategist. 51
12 This is what the Lord says: 52
“Even though 53 they are powerful 54 –
and what is more, 55 even though their army is numerous 56 –
nevertheless, 57 they will be destroyed 58 and trickle away! 59
Although I afflicted you,
I will afflict you no more. 60
13 And now, 61 I will break Assyria’s 62 yoke bar 63 from your neck; 64
I will tear apart the shackles 65 that are on you.” 66
14 The Lord has issued a decree against you: 67
“Your dynasty will come to an end. 68
I will destroy the idols and images in the temples of your gods.
I will desecrate 69 your grave – because you are accursed!” 70
15 71 Look! A herald is running 72 on the mountains!
A messenger is proclaiming deliverance: 73
“Celebrate your sacred festivals, O Judah!
Fulfill your sacred vows to praise God! 74
For never again 75 will the wicked 76 Assyrians 77 invade 78 you,
they 79 have been completely destroyed.” 80
2 The watchmen of Nineveh shout: 1
“An enemy who will scatter you 2 is marching out 3 to attack you!” 4
“Guard 5 the rampart! 6
Watch the road!
Prepare yourselves for battle! 7
Muster your mighty strength!” 8
2 For the Lord will restore 9 the majesty 10 of Jacob,
as well as 11 the majesty of Israel,
though 12 their enemies have plundered them 13
and have destroyed their fields. 14
3 The shields of his warriors are dyed red; 15
the mighty soldiers are dressed in scarlet garments. 16
The metal fittings 17 of the chariots 18 shine
like 19 fire 20 on the day of battle; 21
the soldiers brandish 22 their spears. 23
4 The chariots 24 race madly 25 through the streets,
they rush back and forth 26 in the broad plazas;
they look 27 like lightning bolts, 28
they dash here and there 29 like flashes of lightning. 30
5 The commander 31 orders 32 his officers;
they stumble 33 as they advance; 34
they rush to the city wall 35
and they set up 36 the covered siege tower. 37
6 The sluice gates 38 are opened;
the royal palace is deluged 39 and dissolves. 40
7 Nineveh 41 is taken into exile 42 and is led away; 43
her slave girls moan 44 like doves 45 while they beat 46 their breasts. 47
8 Nineveh was like a pool 48 of water 49 throughout her days, 50
but now 51 her people 52 are running away; 53
she cries out: 54 “Stop! Stop!” –
but no one turns back. 55
9 Her conquerors cry out: 56
“Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold!”
There is no end to the treasure;
riches of every kind of precious thing.
10 Destruction, devastation, and desolation! 57
Their hearts faint, 58
their knees tremble, 59
each stomach churns, 60 each face 61 turns 62 pale! 63
11 Where now is the den of the lions, 64
the feeding place 65 of the young lions,
where 66 the lion, lioness, 67 and lion cub once prowled 68
and no one disturbed them? 69
12 The lion tore apart as much prey as his cubs needed 70
and strangled prey to provide food 71 for his lionesses;
he filled 72 his lairs with prey
and his dens with torn flesh.
13 “I am against you!” declares 73 the Lord who commands armies: 74
“I will burn your chariots 75 with fire; 76
the sword will devour your young lions; 77
you will no longer prey upon the land; 78
the voices of your messengers 79 will no longer be heard.”