I'm currently preaching through the book of Nahum. The section of 1.9-2.2 can be confusing at a first read since the writer alternates between judgment for Nineveh and salvation for Judah. Some translations (i.e., NIV) insert the words "Nineveh" and "Judah" to help but these words do not have any basis in the underlying Hebrew text. In order to facilitate quick understanding and to enable my hearers to follow the sermon I printed up the following which color-codes the text for easy reference.
Nahum 1.9-2.2 (NASB)
(red = judgment against Nineveh; green = salvation for Judah)
devise against the Lord, he will make a complete end of it.Distress will not rise up twice.
thorns, and like those who are drunken with their drink, they are consumed as
stubble completely withered.
11From you has
gone forth one who plotted evil against the Lord, a wicked counselor.
12Thus says the
Lord, “Though they are at full strength and likewise many, even so, they will
be cut off and pass away.Though I
have afflicted you, I will afflict you no longer.
13So now, I
will break his yoke bar from upon you, and I will tear off your shackles.”
14The Lord has
issued a command concerning you: “Your name will no longer be perpetuated.I will cut off idol and image from the
house of your gods.I will prepare
your grave, for you are contemptible.”
the mountains the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace!Celebrate your feasts, O Judah; pay
your vows.For never again will
the wicked one pass through you; he is cut off completely.
2.1The one who
scatters has come up against you.Man the fortress, watch the road; strengthen your back, summon all your
2For the Lord
will restore the splendor of Jacob like the splendor of Israel, even though
devastators have devastated them and destroyed their vine branches.