verses 1-14 have been
omitted from the Mass readings.
 The burden of Ninive. The book of
the vision of Nahum the Elcesite.
 The Lord is a jealous God, and a revenger: the Lord is a revenger,
and hath wrath: the Lord taketh vengeance on his adversaries, and he is
angry with his enemies.  The Lord is patient, and great in power,
and will not cleanse and acquit the guilty.
The Lord's ways are in a tempest, and a whirlwind, and clouds are the
dust of his feet.  He rebuketh the sea, and drieth it up: and
bringeth all the rivers to be a desert. Basan languisheth and Carmel:
and the flower of Libanus fadeth away.
 The mountains tremble at him, and the hills are made desolate: and
the earth hath quaked at his presence, and the world, and all that
dwell therein.  Who can stand before the face of his indignation?
and who shall resist in the fierceness of his anger? his indignation is
poured out like fire: and the rocks are melted by him.
 The Lord is good and giveth strength in the day of trouble: and
knoweth them that hope in him.  But with a flood that passeth by, he
will make an utter end of the place thereof: and darkness shall pursue
 What do ye devise against the Lord? he will make an utter end:
there shall not rise a double affliction.  For as thorns embrace
one another: so while they are feasting and drinking together, they
shall be consumed as stubble that is fully dry.  Out of thee shall
come forth one that imagineth evil against the Lord, contriving
treachery in his mind.
 Thus saith the Lord: Though they were perfect: and many of them
so, yet thus shall they be cut off, and he shall pass: I have afflicted
thee, and I will afflict thee no more.  And now I will break in
pieces his rod with which he struck thy back, and I will burst thy
 And the Lord will give a commandment concerning thee, that no more
of thy name shall be sown: I will destroy the graven and molten thing
out of the house of thy God, I will make it thy grave, for thou art
verses 1, 4-13 have
been omitted from the Mass readings.
 He is come up that shall destroy
before thy face, that shall keep
the siege: watch the way, fortify thy loins, strengthen thy power
 They are in confusion in the ways, the chariots jostle one against
another in the streets: their looks are like torches, like lightning
running to and fro.
 He will muster up his valiant men, they shall stumble in their
march: they shall quickly get upon the walls thereof: and a covering
shall be prepared.  The gates of the rivers are opened, and the
temple is thrown down to the ground.  And the soldier is led away
captive: and her bondwomen were led away mourning as doves, murmuring
in their hearts.  And as for Ninive, her waters are like a great
pool, but the men flee away. They cry: Stand, stand, but there is none
that will return back.
 Take ye the spoil of the silver, take the spoil of the gold: for
there is no end of the riches of all the precious furniture.  She
is destroyed, and rent, and torn: the heart melteth, and the knees
fail, and all the loins lose their strength: and the faces of them all
are as the blackness of a kettle.
 Where is now the dwelling of the lions, and the feeding place of
the young lions, to which the lion went, to enter in thither, the young
lion, and there was none to make them afraid?  The lion caught
enough for his whelps, and killed for his lionesses: and he filled his
holes with prey, and his den with rapine.
 Behold I come against thee, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will
burn thy chariots even to smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young
lions: and I will cut off thy prey out of the land, and the voice of
thy messengers shall be heard no more.
verses 4-5, 8-19 have
been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Because of the multitude of the
fornications of the harlot that was
beautiful and agreeable, and that made use of witchcraft, that sold
nations through her fornications, and families through her witchcrafts.
 Behold I come against thee, saith the Lord of hosts: and I will
discover thy shame to thy face, and will shew thy nakedness to the
nations, and thy shame to kingdoms.
 Art thou better than the populous Alexandria, that dwelleth among
the rivers? waters are round about it: the sea is its riches, the
waters are its walls.  Ethiopia and Egypt were the strength thereof,
and there is no end: Africa and the Libyans were thy helpers.  Yet
she also was removed and carried into captivity: her young children
were dashed in pieces at the top of every street, and they cast lots
upon her nobles, and all her great men were bound in fetters.
 Therefore thou also shalt be made drunk, and shalt be despised:
and thou shalt seek help from the enemy.
 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with their green
figs: if they be shaken, they shall fall into the mouth of the eater.
 Behold thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy
land shall be set wide open to thy enemies, the fire shall devour thy
 Draw thee water for the siege, build up thy bulwarks: go into the
clay, and tread, work it and make brick.  There shall the fire
devour thee: thou shalt perish by the sword, it shall devour thee like
the bruchus: assemble together like the bruchus, make thyself many like
 Thou hast multiplied thy merchandises above the stars of heaven:
the bruchus hath spread himself and flown away.  Thy guards are
like the locusts: and thy little ones like the locusts of locusts which
swarm on the hedges in the day of cold: the sun arose, and they flew
away, and their place was not known where they were.
 Thy shepherds have slumbered, O king of Assyria, thy princes shall
be buried: thy people are hid in the mountains, and there is none to
gather them together.  Thy destruction is not hidden, thy wound is
grievous: all that have heard the fame of thee, have clapped their
hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed