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The Eternal One is good,
    a safe shelter in times of trouble.
He cares for those who search for protection in Him.
    But with an overwhelming flood,
He will make a complete end to his enemies.
    He will chase His foes into oblivion.

This divine appearance, often called a theophany, is a vivid portrayal not only of the Lord’s characteristics but also of His activity on behalf of Israel. Descriptions of fantastic weather patterns demonstrate both the mysterious elusiveness and the mighty grandeur of God. Similar to the story related in Job 38, God visits the afflicted and impoverished through these images, and that impressive power He displays in His storms benefits the oppressed. Despite unspeakable horrors the Assyrians committed against the Israelites, His people still understand that their God is good.

Futile are the plots you devise against the Eternal One, Nineveh,
    because He will put a stop to them.
Evil will not have a second chance to rise up.

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