Nahum 2:1-13 NIV
Nineveh to Fall
1An attacker advances against you, Nineveh.
Guard the fortress,
watch the road,
marshal all your strength!
2The LORD Will Restore the splendor of Jacob
like the splendor of Israel,
though destroyers have laid them waste
and have ruined their vines.
3The shields of the soldiers are red;
the warriors are clad in scarlet.
The metal on the chariots flashes
on the day they are made ready;
the spears of juniper are brandished.a
4The chariots storm through the streets,
rushing back and forth through the squares.
They look like flaming torches;
they dart about like lightning.
5Nineveh summons her picked troops,
yet they stumble on their way.
They dash to the city wall;
the protective shield is put in place.
6The river gates are thrown open
and the palace collapses.
be exiled and carried away.
Her female slaves moan like doves
and beat on their breasts.
8Nineveh is like a pool
whose water is draining away.
“Stop! Stop!” they cry,
but no one turns back.
9Plunder the silver!
Plunder the gold!
The supply is endless,
the wealth from all its treasures!
10She is pillaged, plundered, stripped!
Hearts melt, knees give way,
bodies tremble, every face grows pale.
11Where now is the lions’ den,
the place where they fed their young,
where the lion and lioness went,
and the cubs, with nothing to fear?
12The lion killed enough for his cubs
and strangled the prey for his mate,
filling his lairs with the kill
and his dens with the prey.
13“I AM Against you,”
Declares The LORD ALMIGHTY.
“I Will Burn Up your chariots in smoke,
and the sword will devour your young lions.
I will leave you no prey on the earth.
The voices of your messengers
will no longer be heard.”
2:1-10 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!
2:11-13 The kings of Assyria had long been terrible and cruel to their neighbors, 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.