Nahum 1

1 Onus Ninive. Liber visionis Nahum Elcesæi. The burden of Ninive. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elcesite.
2 Deus æmulator, et ulciscens Dominus : ulciscens Dominus, et habens furorem : ulciscens Dominus in hostes suos, et irascens ipse inimicis suis. 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.
3 Dominus patiens, et magnus fortitudine, et mundans non faciet innocentem. Dominus in tempestate et turbine viæ ejus, et nebulæ pulvis pedum ejus. 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.
4 Increpans mare, et exsiccans illud, et omnia flumina ad desertum deducens. Infirmatus est Basan et Carmelus, et flos Libani elanguit. He rebuketh the sea, and drieth it up: and bringeth all the rivers to be a desert. Basan languisheth and Carmel: and the dower of Libanus fadeth away.
5 Montes commoti sunt ab eo, et colles desolati sunt : et contremuit terra a facie ejus, et orbis, et omnes habitatores in eo. 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.
6 Ante faciem indignationis ejus quis stabit ? et quis resistet in ira furoris ejus ? Indignatio ejus effusa est ut ignis, et petræ dissolutæ sunt ab eo. 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.
7 Bonus Dominus, et confortans in die tribulationis, et sciens sperantes in se. The Lord is good and giveth strength in the day of trouble: and knoweth them that hope in him.
8 Et in diluvio prætereunte consummationem faciet loci ejus, et inimicos ejus persequentur tenebræ. But with a flood that passeth by, he will make an utter end of the place thereof: and darkness shall pursue his enemies.
9 Quid cogitatis contra Dominum ? Consummationem ipse faciet : non consurget duplex tribulatio, What do ye devise against the Lord? he will make an utter end: there shall not rise a double affliction.
10 quia sicut spinæ se invicem complectuntur, sic convivium eorum pariter potantium ; consumentur quasi stipula ariditate plena. For as thorns embrace one another: so while they are feasting and drinking together, they shall be consumed as stubble that is fully dry.
11 Ex te exibit cogitans contra Dominum malitiam, mente pertractans prævaricationem. Out of thee shall come forth one that imagineth evil against the Lord, contriving treachery in his mind.
12 Hæc dicit Dominus : Si perfecti fuerint, et ita plures, sic quoque attondentur, et pertransibit : afflixi te, et non affligam te ultra. 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.
13 Et nunc conteram virgam ejus de dorso tuo, et vincula tua disrumpam. And now I will break in pieces his rod with which he struck thy back, and I will burst thy bonds asunder.
14 Et præcipiet super te Dominus ; non seminabitur ex nomine tuo amplius : de domo Dei tui interficiam sculptile, et conflatile ; ponam sepulchrum tuum, quia inhonoratus es. 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 disgraced.
15 Ecce super montes pedes evangelizantis, et annuntiantis pacem. Celebra, Juda, festivitates tuas, et redde vota tua, quia non adjiciet ultra ut pertranseat in te Belial : universus interiit. Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, and that preacheth peace: O Juda, keep thy festivals, and pay thy vows: for Belial shall no more pass through thee again, he is utterly cut off.

Nahum 2

1 Ascendit qui dispergat coram te, qui custodiat obsidionem : contemplare viam, conforta lumbos, robora virtutem valde. He is come up that shall destroy before thy face, that shall keep the siege: watch the way, fortify thy loins, strengthen thy power exceedingly.
2 Quia reddidit Dominus superbiam Jacob, sicut superbiam Israël ; quia vastatores dissipaverunt eos, et propagines eorum corruperunt. For the Lord hath rendered the pride of Jacob, as the pride of Israel: because the spoilers have laid them waste, and have marred their vine branches.
3 Clypeus fortium ejus ignitus, viri exercitus in coccineis ; igneæ habenæ currus in die præparationis ejus, et agitatores consopiti sunt. The shield of his mighty men is like fire, the men of the army are clad in scarlet, the reins of the chariot are flaming in the day of his preparation, and the drivers are stupefied.
4 In itineribus conturbati sunt ; quadrigæ collisæ sunt in plateis : aspectus eorum quasi lampades, quasi fulgura discurrentia. 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.
5 Recordabitur fortium suorum ; ruent in itineribus suis : velociter ascendent muros ejus, et præparabitur umbraculum. 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.
6 Portæ fluviorum apertæ sunt, et templum ad solum dirutum. The gates of the rivers are opened, and the temple is thrown down to the ground.
7 Et miles captivus abductus est, et ancillæ ejus minabantur gementes ut columbæ, murmurantes in cordibus suis. And the soldier is led away captive: and her bondwomen were led away mourning as doves, murmuring in their hearts.
8 Et Ninive quasi piscina aquarum aquæ ejus ; ipsi vero fugerunt. State, state ! et non est qui revertatur. 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.
9 Diripite argentum, diripite aurum : et non est finis divitiarum ex omnibus vasis desiderabilibus. 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.
10 Dissipata est, et scissa, et dilacerata ; et cor tabescens, et dissolutio geniculorum, et defectio in cunctis renibus, et facies omnium eorum sicut nigredo ollæ. 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.
11 Ubi est habitaculum leonum, et pascua catulorum leonum, ad quam ivit leo ut ingrederetur illuc catulus leonis, et non est qui exterreat ? 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?
12 Leo cepit sufficienter catulis suis, et necavit leænis suis, et implevit præda speluncas suas, et cubile suum rapina. The lion caught enough for his whelps, and killed for his lionesses: and he filled his holes with prey, and his den with rapine.
13 Ecce ego ad te, dicit Dominus exercituum, et succendam usque ad fumum quadrigas tuas, et leunculos tuos comedet gladius, et exterminabo de terra prædam tuam, et non audietur ultra vox nuntiorum tuorum. 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.

Nahum 3

1 Væ civitas sanguinum, universa mendacii dilaceratione plena ! non recedet a te rapina. Woe to thee, O city of blood, all full of lies and violence: rapine shall not depart from thee.
2 Vox flagelli, et vox impetus rotæ, et equi frementis, et quadrigæ ferventis, et equitis ascendentis, The noise of the whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the neighing horse, and of the running chariot, and of the horsemen coming up,
3 et micantis gladii, et fulgurantis hastæ, et multitudinis interfectæ, et gravis ruinæ ; nec est finis cadaverum, et corruent in corporibus suis. And of the shining sword, and of the glittering spear, and of a multitude slain, and of a grievous destruction: and there is no end of carcasses, and they shall fall down on their dead bodies.
4 Propter multitudinem fornicationum meretricis speciosæ, et gratæ, et habentis maleficia, quæ vendidit gentes in fornicationibus suis, et familias in maleficiis suis. 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.
5 Ecce ego ad te, dicit Dominus exercituum, et revelabo pudenda tua in facie tua ; et ostendam gentibus nuditatem tuam, et regnis ignominiam tuam. 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.
6 Et projiciam super te abominationes, et contumeliis te afficiam, et ponam te in exemplum. And I will cast abominations upon thee, and will disgrace thee, and will make an example of thee.
7 Et erit : omnis qui viderit te resiliet a te, et dicet : Vastata est Ninive. Quis commovebit super te caput ? unde quæram consolatorem tibi ? And it shall come to pass that every one that shall see thee, shall flee from thee, and shall say: Ninive is laid waste: who shall bemoan thee? whence shall I seek a comforter for thee?
8 Numquid melior es Alexandria populorum, quæ habitat in fluminibus ? aquæ in circuti ejus ; cujus divitiæ, mare ; aquæ, muri ejus. 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.
9 Æthiopia fortitudo ejus, et Ægyptus, et non est finis ; Africa et Lybies fuerunt in auxilio tuo. Ethiopia and Egypt were the strength thereof, and there is no end: Africa and the Libyans were thy helpers.
10 Sed et ipsa in transmigrationem ducta est in captivitatem : parvuli ejus elisi sunt in capite omnium viarum, et super inclytos ejus miserunt sortem, et omnes optimates ejus confixi sunt in compedibus. 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.
11 Et tu ergo inebriaberis, et eris despecta : et tu quæres auxilium ab inimico. Therefore thou also shalt be made drunk, and shalt be despised: and thou shalt seek help from the enemy.
12 Omnes munitiones tuæ sicut ficus cum grossis suis : si concussæ fuerint, cadent in os comedentis. 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.
13 Ecce populus tuus mulieres in medio tui : inimicis tuis adapertione pandentur portæ terræ tuæ, devorabit ignis vectes tuos. 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 bars.
14 Aquam propter obsidionem hauri tibi : exstrue munitiones tuas, intra in lutum, et calca, subigens tene laterem. Draw thee water for the siege, build up thy bulwarks: go into the clay, and tread, work it and make brick.
15 Ibi comedet te ignis, peribis gladio, devorabit te ut bruchus : congregare ut bruchus, multiplicare ut locusta. 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 the locust.
16 Plures fecisti negotiationes tuas quam stellæ sint cæli ; bruchus expansus est, et avolavit. Thou hast multiplied thy merchandises above the stars of heaven: the bruchus hath spread himself and flown away.
17 Custodes tui quasi locustæ, et parvuli tui quasi locustæ locustarum, quæ considunt in sepibus in die frigoris : sol ortus est, et avolaverunt, et non est cognitus locus earum ubi fuerint. 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.
18 Dormitaverunt pastores tui, rex Assur, sepelientur principes tui : latitavit populus tuus in montibus, et non est qui congreget. 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.
19 Non est obscura contritio tua ; pessima est plaga tua. Omnes qui audierunt auditionem tuam compresserunt manum super te : quia super quem non transiit malitia tua semper ? 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 continually?