Amplified Bible

Nahum 1

God Is Awesome

1The [a]oracle (a burdensome message—a pronouncement from God) concerning [b]Nineveh [the capital city of Assyria]. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh [which he saw in spirit and prophesied].


The Lord is a jealous and avenging God [protecting and demanding what is rightfully and uniquely His];
The Lord avenges and He is full of wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance on His adversaries,
And He reserves wrath for His enemies.

The Lord is slow to anger and great in power
And He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.
The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm,
And the clouds are the dust beneath His feet.

He rebukes the sea and dries it up;
He dries up all the rivers [illustrating His judgment].
Bashan [on the east] and [Mount] Carmel [on the west] wither,
And [in the north] the blossoms of Lebanon fade.

The mountains quake before Him
And the hills melt away;
Indeed the earth is shaken by His presence—
Yes, the world and all that dwell in it.

Who can stand before His indignation [His great wrath]?
And who can stand up and endure the fierceness of His anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire
And the rocks are destroyed by Him.

The Lord is good,
A strength and stronghold in the day of trouble;
He knows [He recognizes, cares for, and understands fully] those who take refuge and trust in Him.

But with an [c]overwhelming flood [of judgment through invading armies]
He will make a complete destruction of [d]its site
And will pursue His enemies into darkness.


Whatever [plot] you [Assyrians] devise against the Lord,
He will make a complete end of it;
Affliction [of God’s people by the hand of Assyria] will not occur twice.
10 
Like tangled thorn branches [gathered for fuel],
And like those drowned in drunkenness,
[e]The people of Nineveh are consumed [through fire]
Like stubble completely withered and dry [in the day of the Lord’s wrath].
11 
From you [O Nineveh],
One has gone forth who plotted evil against the Lord,
A malevolent [f]counselor [the king of Assyria].

12 This is what the Lord says,

“Though they are at full strength and many in number,
Even so, they will be cut off and pass away.
Though I have afflicted you and caused you grief [O Jerusalem],
I will afflict you no longer.
13 
“Now, I will break his yoke [of taxation] off you,
And I will tear off your shackles.”

14 
The Lord has given a command concerning you [O king of Nineveh]:
“Your name will no longer be perpetuated.
I will cut off the carved idols and cast images
From the temple of your gods;
I will prepare your grave,
For you are vile and unworthy.”

15 
Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who brings good news [telling of Assyria’s destruction],
Who announces peace and prosperity!
Celebrate your feasts, O Judah;
Perform your vows.
For the wicked one [the king of Assyria] will never again pass through you;
He is completely cut off.

Notas al pie

  1. Nahum 1:1 An urgent message the prophet is under compulsion to proclaim.
  2. Nahum 1:1 Under the preaching of Jonah, the king of Nineveh and all its people repented (Jon 3:5). But when Nahum came to Nineveh a hundred and fifty years later, everything had changed and the people had become hopelessly wicked. God’s wrath was not to be turned away this time.
  3. Nahum 1:8 The overwhelming flood may be understood as a metaphor describing a conquering army as well as a literal reference to a flood of water. Diodorus of Sicily refers to a legend that Nineveh could never be taken until the river became its enemy. Arbaces the Scythian had besieged the city in vain for two years, but in the third year the Khoser River washed away a considerable section of the very great wall and the invaders pushed through this opening. Nahum 2:6 refers to the devastating flood and 3:13, 15 probably to the destruction of Nineveh by fire. The vivid descriptions of ch 3 are historically accurate.
  4. Nahum 1:8 The city of Nineveh was the magnificent capital of the Assyrian Empire. The great palace of Sennacherib was without rival and contained at least seventy or more rooms. The city was home to more than 120,000 residents (at least twice the size of Babylon) and had no less than fifteen gates in the wall surrounding the city. During its glory days it was probably the largest city in the known world. Built near the juncture of the Tigris River and its tributary the Khoser, it was served by an elaborate water system of eighteen canals. Nineveh had many suburbs, three of which are mentioned along with Nineveh in Gen 10:11, 12. Nineveh’s extensive ruins are located near the modern city of Mosul, Iraq.
  5. Nahum 1:10 Lit They.
  6. Nahum 1:11 The reference here may be to Sennacherib, who reigned over Assyria from 705-681 b.c. He led an attack on Judah (the Southern Kingdom) in 701 b.c.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

那鴻書 1

1以下是關於尼尼微的預言,是伊勒歌斯人那鴻的啟示書。

耶和華向尼尼微發怒

耶和華是痛恨不貞、施行報應的上帝。
耶和華施行報應,充滿烈怒。
耶和華報應祂的仇敵,向他們發烈怒。
耶和華不輕易發怒,有偉大的能力。
耶和華斷不以有罪的為無罪。
祂行走在旋風和暴風中,
雲彩是祂腳下的塵土。
祂斥責大海,使大海乾涸;
祂使一切河流枯竭。
巴珊和迦密的草木凋零,
黎巴嫩的鮮花衰殘。
在祂面前,群山震動,丘陵消融。
在祂面前,大地隆起,
世界和世上的一切都戰慄。
祂發怒,誰能站立?
祂發烈怒,誰能承受?
祂的憤怒如火焰噴湧而出,
磐石在祂面前崩裂。
耶和華是良善的,
是人患難時的避難所;
祂看顧那些信靠祂的人。
祂必用滔滔洪水滅絕祂的敵人,
把他們驅逐到黑暗中。

尼尼微人啊,
你們為何圖謀抵擋耶和華?
祂要徹底毀滅你們,
無需擊打兩次。
10 你們像糾結的荊棘,
又像酩酊大醉的人,
要如乾稭被火燒盡。
11 你們當中有一個人,
一個邪惡的陰謀者,
圖謀抵擋耶和華。
12 耶和華說:
「儘管尼尼微勢力強大、人口眾多,
但必被剷除,化為烏有。
我的子民啊,我使你們受了苦,
但必不再使你們受苦。
13 現在我要打碎他們套在你們頸項上的軛,
鬆開你們身上的鎖鏈。」
14 尼尼微啊,
耶和華已發出有關你的命令:
「你的名不會傳於後世。
我要摧毀你神廟中雕刻和鑄造的偶像。
我要為你掘好墳墓,
因為你毫無用處。」

15 看啊,
傳喜訊、報平安的人穿山越嶺而來。
猶大啊,
慶祝你的節期,
還你許的願吧!
邪惡之人將不再侵擾你,
他們都將被徹底毀滅。