Does God ever seek revenge? If revenge is sin, then how can God take vengeance? - Revenge - TouchPoints

Does God ever seek revenge? If revenge is sin, then how can God take vengeance?

Nahum 1:1-8The Lord . . . takes revenge on all who oppose him and furiously destroys his enemies! The Lord is slow to get angry, but his power is great, and he never lets the guilty go unpunished . . . The Lord is good. When trouble comes, he is a strong refuge. And he knows everyone who trusts in him. But he sweeps away his enemies in an overwhelming flood.

Jeremiah 51:6, 56Flee from Babylon! Save yourselves! Don’t get trapped in her punishment! It is the Lord’s time for vengeance; he will fully repay her . . . For the Lord is a God who gives just punishment, and he is giving Babylon all she deserves.

Jonah 3:10When God saw that they had put a stop to their evil ways, he had mercy on them and didn’t carry out the destruction he had threatened.

Can a loving, merciful and compassionate God also be vengeful? The answer lies in a proper understanding of God’s character. Because God is holy, he cannot tolerate sin and evil and therefore must punish all unrighteousness. Because he is merciful, he has not yet destroyed the wicked but allows them the opportunity for repentance and forgiveness. From a human viewpoint, God might appear vengeful. From the viewpoint of true holiness, God is merely administering justice, as is his right.