Nahum 2

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The Destruction of Nineveh

1 1The scatterer has come up against you. 2Man the ramparts; watch the road; dress for battle;[a] collect all your strength.
2 For 3the LORD is restoring the majesty of Jacob as the majesty of Israel, for plunderers have plundered them and 4ruined their branches.
3 The shield of his mighty men is red; 5his soldiers are clothed in scarlet. The chariots come with flashing metal on the day he musters them; the cypress spears are brandished.
4 6The chariots race madly through the streets; they rush to and fro through the squares; they gleam like torches; they dart like lightning.
5 He remembers 7his officers; 8they stumble as they go, they hasten to the wall; the siege tower[b] is set up.
6 9The river gates are opened; the palace 10melts away;
7 its mistress[c] is 11stripped;[d] she is carried off, her slave girls 12lamenting, moaning like doves and beating their breasts.
8 13Nineveh is like a pool whose waters run away.[e] "Halt! Halt!" they cry, but 14none turns back.
9 Plunder the silver, plunder the gold! There is no end of the treasure or of the wealth of all precious things.
10 15Desolate! Desolation and ruin! 16Hearts melt and 17knees tremble; 18anguish is in all loins; 19all faces grow pale!
11 Where is the lions' den, the feeding place of 20the young lions, where the lion and lioness went, where his cubs were, with 21none to disturb?
12 22The lion tore enough for his cubs and 23strangled prey for his lionesses; he filled his caves with prey and his dens with torn flesh.
13 24Behold, I am against you, declares the LORD of hosts, and 25I will burn your[f] chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and 26the voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.

Nahum 2 Commentary

Chapter 2

Nineveh's destruction foretold. (1-10) The true cause, their sinning against God, and his appearing against them. (11-13)

Verses 1-10 Nineveh shall not put aside this judgment; there is no counsel or strength against the Lord. God looks upon proud cities, and brings them down. Particular account is given of the terrors wherein the invading enemy shall appear against Nineveh. The empire of Assyria is represented as a queen, about to be led captive to Babylon. Guilt in the conscience fills men with terror in an evil day; and what will treasures or glory do for us in times of distress, or in the day of wrath? Yet for such things how many lose their souls!

Verses 11-13 The kings of Assyria had long been terrible and cruel to their neighbours, but the Lord would destroy their power. Many plead as an excuse for rapine and fraud, that they have families to provide for; but what is thus obtained will never do them any good. Those that fear the Lord, and get honestly what they have, shall not want for themselves and theirs. It is just with God to deprive those of children, or of comfort in them, who take sinful courses to enrich them. Those are not worthy to be heard again, that have spoken reproachfully of God. Let us then come to God upon his mercy-seat, that having peace with him through our Lord Jesus Christ, we may know that he is for us, and that all things shall work together for our everlasting good.

Cross References 26

Footnotes 6

  • [a]. Hebrew gird your loins
  • [b]. Or the mantelet
  • [c]. The meaning of the Hebrew word rendered its mistress is uncertain
  • [d]. Or exiled
  • [e]. Compare Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
  • [f]. Hebrew her

Chapter Summary


This chapter gives an account of the destruction of the city of Nineveh; describes the instruments of it as very terrible and powerful, and not to be resisted, Na 2:1-4. The manner of taking it, the flight of its inhabitants, and the spoil of its riches and treasures, Na 2:5-10 and the king and the princes thereof, compared to a lion, and a lion's whelp, are insulted as being without a den or dwelling place, because of their cruelty and ravening, for which the Lord was against them, and threatened them with utter ruin, which he brought upon them, Na 2:11-13.

Nahum 2 Commentaries

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