Nahum 2:11-13

11 Where is the lions' den, the feeding place of 1the young lions, where the lion and lioness went, where his cubs were, with 2none to disturb?
12 3The lion tore enough for his cubs and 4strangled prey for his lionesses; he filled his caves with prey and his dens with torn flesh.
13 5Behold, I am against you, declares the LORD of hosts, and 6I will burn your[a] chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and 7the voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.

Nahum 2:11-13 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO NAHUM 2

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 2:11-13 In-Context

9 Plunder the silver, plunder the gold! There is no end of the treasure or of the wealth of all precious things.
10 Desolate! Desolation and ruin! Hearts melt and knees tremble; anguish is in all loins; all faces grow pale!
11 Where is the lions' den, the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion and lioness went, where his cubs were, with none to disturb?
12 The lion tore enough for his cubs and strangled prey for his lionesses; he filled his caves with prey and his dens with torn flesh.
13 Behold, I am against you, declares the LORD of hosts, and I will burn your chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.

Cross References 7

  • 1. Isaiah 5:29; Jeremiah 2:15
  • 2. See Isaiah 17:2
  • 3. [Ezekiel 19:3]
  • 4. [ver. 9; Nahum 3:1]
  • 5. Nahum 3:5; [Zephaniah 2:5]; See Ezekiel 13:8
  • 6. [Psalms 46:9]
  • 7. [2 Kings 19:9, 23]

Footnotes 1

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