1A prophecy concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
The Lord’s anger against Nineveh
2The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance on his foes
and vents his wrath against his enemies.
3The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.
His way is in the whirlwind and the storm,
and clouds are the dust of his feet.
4He rebukes the sea and dries it up;
he makes all the rivers run dry.
Bashan and Carmel wither
and the blossoms of Lebanon fade.
5The mountains quake before him
and the hills melt away.
The earth trembles at his presence,
the world and all who live in it.
6Who can withstand his indignation?
Who can endure his fierce anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire;
the rocks are shattered before him.
7The Lord is good,
a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him,
8but with an overwhelming flood
he will make an end of Nineveh;
he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness.
9Whatever they plot against the Lord
he will bring1:9 Or What do you foes plot against the Lord? / He will bring it to an end;
trouble will not come a second time.
10They will be entangled among thorns
and drunk from their wine;
they will be consumed like dry stubble.1:10 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
11From you, Nineveh, has one come forth
who plots evil against the Lord
and devises wicked plans.
12This is what the Lord says:
‘Although they have allies and are numerous,
they will be destroyed and pass away.
Although I have afflicted you, Judah,
I will afflict you no more.
13Now I will break their yoke from your neck
and tear your shackles away.’
14The Lord has given a command concerning you, Nineveh:
‘You will have no descendants to bear your name.
I will destroy the images and idols
that are in the temple of your gods.
I will prepare your grave,
for you are vile.’
15Look, there on the mountains,
the feet of one who brings good news,
who proclaims peace!
Celebrate your festivals, Judah,
and fulfil your vows.
No more will the wicked invade you;
they will be completely destroyed.1:15 In Hebrew texts this verse (1:15) is numbered 2:1.
1Elkosini Nahum anisoadehu nhoma a ɛyɛ nkɔmhyɛ a ɛfa Ninewe ho.
Awurade Abufuw A Etia Ninewe
2Awurade yɛ ninkufo ne aweretɔ Nyankopɔn,
Awurade tɔ were, na abufuw ahyɛ no ma.
Awurade tɔ nʼatamfo so were,
na nʼabufuw tena wɔn so.
3Awurade bo kyɛ fuw, na ne tumi so,
na ɔtwe ɔfɔdifo aso.
Ne kwan wɔ mfɛtɛ ne ahum mu,
omununkum yɛ nʼanan ase mfutuma.
4Ɔteɛteɛ po na ɔma ɛyow;
ɔma nsubɔnten nyinaa yoyow.
Basan ne Karmel twintwam,
na Lebanon frɔmfrɔmyɛ nso kisa.
5Mmepɔw wosow biribiri nʼanim
na nkoko nan.
Asase, wiase ne wɔn a wɔwɔ mu nyinaa
6Hena na obetumi agyina nʼabufuw ano?
Hena na obetumi atena nʼabufuwhyew mu?
Nʼabufuw hwie te sɛ ogya;
abotan yam wɔ nʼanim.
ɔyɛ ahohia mu guankɔbea.
Nʼani wɔ wɔn a wɔde wɔn ho to no so no so.
8Nanso, ɔnam nsuyiri nwonwaso so
bɛma Ninewe aba awiei.
Ɔbɛtaa nʼatamfo akodu sum kabii mu.
9Pɔw biara a wɔbɛbɔ atia Awurade no,
ɔhaw biara remma nto so mprenu.
10Wɔde nsɔe bɛkyekyere wɔn ho,
na bere a wɔn nsa abow wɔn no
wɔbɛhyew wɔn sɛ nwuraguanee a wɔaboa ano.
11Ninewe, wo mu na
nea ɔbɔ pɔw bɔne tia Awurade
na otu fo bɔne no fi.
12Nea Awurade se ni:
“Ɛwɔ mu sɛ wɔwɔ nnamfonom a wɔdɔɔso de,
nanso wɔbɛsɛe wɔn ama wɔayera.
Yuda, ɛwɔ mu sɛ mama ɔhaw aba wo so,
nanso merenyɛ saa bio.
13Afei, mebubu konnua a ɛda wo kɔn mu
na matetew nkɔnsɔnkɔnsɔn no mu.”
14Ninewe, Awurade aka ɔhyɛ asɛm a ɛfa wo ho:
“Worennya asefo a wo din bɛda wɔn so.
Mɛsɛe nsɛsode a wɔasen ne ahoni a wɔagu
a esisi wʼabosonnan mu no.
Mesiesie wo da
efisɛ woadan ayɛ atantanne.”
15Hwɛ mmepɔw no so,
nea ɔde asɛmpa no ba no anammɔn
ɔno na ɔka asomdwoesɛm!
Yuda di wʼafahyɛ na
di wɔ bɔhyɛ so.
Nnipabɔne rentu wo so sa bio;
Wɔbɛsɛe wɔn pasaa.