1 He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily.

2 For the LORD hath turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches.

3 The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.

4 The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.

5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared.

6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.

7 And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts.

8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.

9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.

10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.

11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid?

12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.

13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Nahum
Book: Nahum
Chapter: 2

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

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!

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.

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