Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Nahum 1:5

Context
NET ©

The mountains tremble before him, 1  the hills convulse; 2  the earth is laid waste 3  before him, the world and all its inhabitants 4  are laid waste. 5 

NIV ©

The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it.

NASB ©

Mountains quake because of Him And the hills dissolve; Indeed the earth is upheaved by His presence, The world and all the inhabitants in it.

NLT ©

In his presence the mountains quake, and the hills melt away; the earth trembles, and its people are destroyed.

MSG ©

Mountains quake in their roots, hills dissolve into mud flats. Earth shakes in fear of GOD. The whole world's in a panic.

BBE ©

The mountains are shaking because of him, and the hills flowing away; the earth is falling to bits before him, the world and all who are in it.

NRSV ©

The mountains quake before him, and the hills melt; the earth heaves before him, the world and all who live in it.

NKJV ©

The mountains quake before Him, The hills melt, And the earth heaves at His presence, Yes, the world and all who dwell in it.


KJV
The mountains
<02022>
quake
<07493> (8804)
at him, and the hills
<01389>
melt
<04127> (8712)_,
and the earth
<0776>
is burned
<05375> (8799)
at his presence
<06440>_,
yea, the world
<08398>_,
and all that dwell
<03427> (8802)
therein.
NASB ©
Mountains
<02022>
quake
<07493>
because
<04480>
of Him And the hills
<01389>
dissolve
<04127>
; Indeed the earth
<0776>
is upheaved
<05375>
by His presence
<06440>
, The world
<08398>
and all
<03605>
the inhabitants
<03427>
in it.
HEBREW
hb
<0>
ybsy
<03427>
lkw
<03605>
lbtw
<08398>
wynpm
<06440>
Urah
<0776>
avtw
<05375>
wggmth
<04127>
twebghw
<01389>
wnmm
<04480>
wser
<07493>
Myrh (1:5)
<02022>
LXXM
ta
<3588
T-NPN
orh
<3735
N-NPN
eseisyhsan
<4579
V-API-3P
ap
<575
PREP
autou
<846
D-GSM
kai
<2532
CONJ
oi
<3588
T-NPM
bounoi
<1015
N-NPM
esaleuyhsan
<4531
V-API-3P
kai
<2532
CONJ
anestalh {V-API-3S} h
<3588
T-NSF
gh
<1065
N-NSF
apo
<575
PREP
proswpou
<4383
N-GSN
autou
<846
D-GSM
h
<3588
T-NSF
sumpasa {A-NSF} kai
<2532
CONJ
pantev
<3956
A-NPM
oi
<3588
T-NPM
katoikountev {V-PAPNP} en
<1722
PREP
auth
<846
D-DSF
NET © [draft] ITL
The mountains
<02022>
tremble
<07493>
before him, the hills
<01389>
convulse
<04127>
; the earth
<0776>
is laid waste before
<06440>
him, the world
<08398>
and all
<03605>
its inhabitants
<03427>
are laid waste.
NET ©

The mountains tremble before him, 1  the hills convulse; 2  the earth is laid waste 3  before him, the world and all its inhabitants 4  are laid waste. 5 

NET © Notes

tn Or “because of him.” The Hebrew preposition מִמֶּנּוּ (mimmenu) is taken in a causal sense (“because of him”) by NASB, NJPS; however, it is taken in a locative sense (“before him”) by KJV, NKJV, NRSV, NIV. On the other hand, the LXX rendered it in a separative sense: ἀπ' αὐτοῦ (ap autou, “from him”). The parallelism between 1:5a and 1:5b seems to favor the locative nuance: “The mountains quake before him (מִמֶּנּוּ), the earth is laid waste before him (מִפָּנָיו, mifanayv).”

tn Traditionally, “the hills melt.” English versions typically render הִתְמֹגָגוּ (hitmogagu) as “melt” (KJV, NRSV, NIV, NJPS) or “dissolve” (NASB). The LXX renders it ἐσαλεύθησαν (esaleuqhsan, “are shaken”). The Hebrew root has a range of meanings: (1) “to melt,” of courage (Ps 107:26) or troops retreating (“melting away” in fear) in battle (1 Sam 14:16); (2) “to dissolve,” of mountains dissolving due to erosion (Amos 9:13); (3) “to quake, shake apart,” of mountains quaking, swaying backwards and forwards, coming apart, and collapsing in an earthquake (Amos 9:5; Pss 46:6 [7]; 75:3 [4]). The latter fits the imagery of v. 5 (violent earthquakes): the earth trembles in fear at the approach of the Divine Warrior (e.g., Hab 3:6).

tn Or “is upheaved”; or “heaves.” There is debate whether the originally unpointed Hebrew verb וַתִּשָּׂא (vattissa’) should be vocalized as וְתִּשָּׂא (vÿttissa’; NASB “is upheaved”; NRSV, NJPS “heaves”) from the root נָשָׂא (nasa’, “to lift up”) or as וַתִּשָּׁא (vattisha’, “is devastated, laid waste”) from the root שֹׁאָה (shoah, “to devastate, lay waste”). The vocalization וְתִּשָּׂא is attested in the Masoretic tradition and the Greek versions: Origen (“was raised up”), Symmachus (“was moved”), and Aquila (“shivered”). However, וְתִּשָּׂא demands an intransitive (“heaves”) or passive (“is upheaved”) sense which is not attested for the Qal stem. The vocalization וַתִּשָּׁא (“is devastated, laid waste”) is supported by the Syriac and Vulgate. The revocalization of the MT וְתִּשָּׂא (“is lifted up”) to וַתִּשָּׁא (“is devastated”) is suggested by the BHS editors and several Hebrew lexicons (HALOT 726 s.v. נשׁא; BDB 670-71 s.v. נָשָׂא). The revocalization involves only the difference between the form שׂ (sin) and שׁ (shin) and is followed in the present translation.

sn The phrase “the world and all its inhabitants” is used to stress the universal dimensions of God’s revelation of his glory and his acts of judgment (e.g., Pss 33:8; 98:7; Isa 18:3; 26:9, 18; Lam 4:12).

tn The words “are laid waste” are not in the Hebrew text, but are an implied repetition from the previous line.



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