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.

Japanese Living Bible

ナホム書 1

1神は、エルコシュに住むナホムに、ニネベに差し迫っている運命について次のような幻を示しました。

ニネベに対する主の怒り

神は、ねたむほどにご自分の民を愛している。
だから、その民を痛めつける者たちに復讐する。
その民の敵をすさまじい勢いで滅ぼす。
神は怒るのに遅いが、いったん怒ると、
その力は信じられないほどで、簡単には赦さない。
その力を恐ろしい台風や暴風雨の中に示し、
渦まく雲も、
神の足の下でかき立てられる砂ぼこりのようなものだ。
命じると、海も川も乾いた砂地となる。
バシャンとカルメルの青々とした草はしおれ、
レバノンの緑の森も枯れはてる。
神の前に出ると、山々は震え、丘は溶ける。
大地は崩れ、その住民は滅ぼされる。
だれが、怒りに燃える神の前に立てるだろう。
神の怒りは火のようで、
山々はその怒りの前に崩れ落ちる。
主はいつくしみ深い方、
苦難に会うとき、身を寄せるべき場所だ。
主は、ご自分に信頼する者をすべて知っている。
しかし、敵はあふれみなぎる洪水で一掃し、
一晩中追いかける。
ニネベよ、主に反抗するとは、
何をもくろんでいるのか。
神はおまえを一撃で仕留め、二度打つ必要もない。
10 ご自分の敵を、からみついたいばらの塊のように
火に投げ込む。
彼らはわらのように、あっという間に燃え尽きる。
11 主に刃向かおうとするとは、
おまえの王は、いったい何者か。
12 主は、少しも恐れていない。
主はこう宣言する。
「何百万もの強力な軍隊を組織しても、
消えうせる。
わたしの民よ。あなたはもう十分に罰を受けた。
13 今、あなたの鎖を砕き、
このアッシリヤの王の奴隷のくびきから解放しよう。」
14 それから、アッシリヤの王にこう宣告する。
「おまえの王朝はもう終わりだ。
息子たちが王位につくことはない。
わたしはおまえの神々や神殿を破壊し、
おまえを葬り去ろう。
罪の悪臭がひどいからだ。」
15 見なさい。うれしい知らせを伝える使者たちが、
山を駆け下りて来る。
「侵入者は一掃され、もう心配はない。」
ユダよ、感謝祭をするとふれ回り、
誓ったとおり、主だけを礼拝せよ。
二度と、ニネベから敵が攻めて来ることはない。
彼らは永久に滅ぼされ、再びその姿を見ることはない。