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Nineveh will be Utterly Cut Off
1 The burden against Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
2 God's Wrath on His Enemies God is jealous, and the LORD avenges; The LORD avenges and is furious. The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies;
3 The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, And will not at all acquit the wicked. The LORD has His way In the whirlwind and in the storm, And the clouds are the dust of His feet.
4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, And dries up all the rivers. Bashan and Carmel wither, And the flower of Lebanon wilts.
5 The mountains quake before Him, The hills melt, And the earth heaves at His presence, Yes, the world and all who dwell in it.
6 Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, And the rocks are thrown down by Him.
7 The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.
8 But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, And darkness will pursue His enemies.
9 What do you conspire against the LORD? He will make an utter end of it. Affliction will not rise up a second time.
10 For while tangled like thorns, And while drunken like drunkards, They shall be devoured like stubble fully dried.
11 From you comes forth one Who plots evil against the LORD, A wicked counselor.
12 Thus says the LORD: "Though they are safe, and likewise many, Yet in this manner they will be cut down When he passes through. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no more;
13 For now I will break off his yoke from you, And burst your bonds apart."
14 The LORD has given a command concerning you: "Your name shall be perpetuated no longer. Out of the house of your gods I will cut off the carved image and the molded image. I will dig your grave, For you are vile."
15 Behold, on the mountains The feet of him who brings good tidings, Who proclaims peace! O Judah, keep your appointed feasts, Perform your vows. For the wicked one shall no more pass through you; He is utterly cut off.
? The prophet Nahum describes Nineveh?s destruction in very graphic detail.
? This choice of words "The burden against Nineveh" indicates that the prophecy is a heavy message of judgment upon Nineveh.
? This chapter reveals God?s judgment and mercy.
? Just as God intervened on behalf of Judah and Jerusalem in 701 BC and decimated the army of Sennacherib during the reign of Hezekiah, so God would soon destroy the Assyrian Empire completely.
? God loves his people, and He will indeed set right the wrongs committed against them in the deportation of the kingdom of Israel and the invasion of the kingdom of Judah, both by the Assyrian kingdom.
? God emphasizes continually that He will take vengeance on his enemies.
? "Overflowing flood" is an interesting choice of words in light of history. The word reveal the figure of a river overflowing its banks to represent an invading army that overruns a land and spreads desolation in its path (also see Isa 8:8; 10:5-19), Ctesias (a Greek historian of the fifth century B.C.) wrote that while a drunken feast was going on in Nineveh, a sudden flooding of the Tigris River swept away the city gates and washed away the foundations of the palace, thus permitting the Babylonian army to enter and burn the city.
? An "utter end" speaks of the punishment that God would mete out to the Assyrian would be so devastating that He would never need to repeat it because it would be an permanent blow.
? It is interesting that the Assyrians were in the midst of their reveling during the siege of the capital. According to the historian Diodorus Siculus (The Historical Library 2:26), the king and his courtiers were surprised in the midst of their "carousings" and the empire fell.
? Assyria, who had already "cut down" many peoples, would herself be cut down in their defiance of the Lord.
? The Assyrian king, with 185,000 of his men slain in one night, lifted the siege of Jerusalem and retired to Nineveh (2 Kings 19:35-36; Isa 37:36-37
? Though God permitted the Assyrians to destroy Israel, he would do so no more.
? Assyria had overcome Judah and reduced them to a vassal kingdom, required to pay tribute (2 Kings 18:14) to Assyria, but the Lord had purposed to liberate his people and break the bonds completely.
? Verse 14 is interesting when the prophet Nahum foretells the tragic end of a God-defying life. The dynasty of Sennacherib was to become extinct, a prophecy fulfilled in the suicide of Sennacherib's great-grandson, Saracus, in the last days of the Assyrian Empire.
? "I will dig your grave" are powerful words against king Sennacherib of Assyria. The place of Sennacherib's death is revealed in the Scriptures (2 Kings 19:37; Isa 37:38). While the king was worshiping his gods in the temple, his sons assassinated him.
? Verse 15 speaks of the wonderful news that will come when Nineveh has fallen (612 B.C.), especially to the Judeans. Just as God intervened on behalf of Jerusalem in 701 BC and destroyed the army of Sennacherib with His own hand, so God would soon destroy the Assyrian Empire completely (with a flood).
? The "wicked one" will be utterly cut off.
Table of Contents
Assyria God's Plunderers
Assyria will Strip the Land of Judah
Assyria Will Plunder Israel
Assyria Judged Because of Pride
Assyria Will Be Broken In the Holy Land
Assyria Will Hear the Gospel
Assyria Will Conquer Egypt
Assyria Will Be Punished by God
Assyria's Fall Will Not Be By Human Hands
God Will Protect Jerusalem From Assyria
Northern Kingdoms Will Attack Jerusalem
Jonah's Message to Nineveh
Nineveh Will Be Utterly Cut Off
Nineveh Will Be Laid Waste
Nineveh Will Be Stripped Naked
Assyria Will Be Made a Desolation
Assyria's Pride Will Be Brought Down
Prophecies of the Captivity of Israel
Charts and Information
Map of the Ancient Near East
Timeline of Events
The Kings of Israel
The Kings of Judah
The Later Kings of Assyria
Map of the Assyrian Empire
Map of Assyria
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"Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger And the staff in whose hand is My
indignation. I will send him against an ungodly nation, And against the
people of My wrath I will give him charge, To seize the spoil, to take the
prey, And to tread them down like the mire of the streets. Yet he does not
mean so, Nor does his heart think so; But it is in his heart to destroy, And
cut off not a few nations." - Isaiah 10:5-7
When Your Enemies Are The Size Of Assyria - A Heart Message
Woe Unto Nineveh
God will Summon Assyria to Destroy Israel
God will Call the Assyrians to Conquer Judah
Assyria will Plunder Damascus and Samaria
Israel will be Taken Captive to Assyria
Assyria will Take Egypt and Ethiopia as Prisoners
God will Punish Assyria's Arrogance
God will Break Assyria in Judah
God will Destroy Assyria with His Voice
God's Sword will Devour Assyria
God will Defend Jerusalem from Assyria
Forty Days and Nineveh will be Overthrown
Nineveh will be Ultimately Cut Down
Nineveh will be Made Desolate
Nineveh will be Made Naked
God will make Assyria a Desolation
The Pride of Assyria will be Brought Down
Assyrians will Accept Jesus
Charts and Information
The Story of the Bible
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