The Beginning of Wisdom Is the Fear of the LORD

[Nahum 1:2–6  (RSV)]:

2The LORD is a jealous God and avenging,  the LORD is avenging and wrathful;  the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies.  3The LORD is slow to anger and of great might, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.  4He rebukes the sea and makes it dry,      he dries up all the rivers;  Bashan and Carmel wither,      the bloom of Lebanon fades.  5The mountains quake before him,      the hills melt;  the earth is laid waste before him,      the world and all that dwell therein.  6Who can stand before his indignation?      Who can endure the heat of his anger?  His wrath is poured out like fire,  and the rocks are broken asunder by him.


[T]hus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, even I, am against you; and I will execute judgments in the midst of you in the sight of the nations. 9And because of all your abominations I will do with you what I have never yet done, and the like of which I will never do again. 10Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in the midst of you, and sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments on you, and any of you who survive I will scatter to all the winds. 11Wherefore, as I live, says the Lord GOD, surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will cut you down;  my eye will not spare, and I will have no pity. 12A third part of you shall die of pestilence and be consumed with famine in the midst of you; a third part shall fall by the sword round about you; and a third part I will scatter to all the winds and will unsheathe the sword after them.13 “Thus shall my anger spend itself, and I will vent my fury upon them and satisfy myself; and they shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken in my jealousy, when I spend my fury upon them. 14Moreover I will make you a desolation and an object of reproach among the nations round about you and in the sight of all that pass by. 15You shall be a reproach and a taunt, a warning and a horror, to the nations round about you, when I execute judgments on you in anger and fury, and with furious chastisements—I, the LORD, have spoken— 16when I loose against you  my deadly arrows of famine, arrows for destruction, which I will loose to destroy you, and when I bring more and more famine upon you, and break your staff of bread. 17I will send famine and wild beasts against you, and they will rob you of your children; pestilence and blood shall pass through you; and I will bring the sword upon you. I, the LORD, have spoken.”

[Ps. 57:1(RSV)]:

57 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge;   in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.

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