1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth 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 hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in 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 strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.

12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Nahum
Book: Nahum
Chapter: 1

The Justice and power of the Lord. (1-8) The overthrow of the
Assyrians. (9-15)

1-8 About a hundred years before, at Jonah's preaching, the
Ninevites repented, and were spared, yet, soon after, they
became worse than ever. Nineveh knows not that God who contends
with her, but is told what a God he is. It is good for all to
mix Faith with what is here said concerning Him, which speaks
great terror to the wicked, and comfort to believers. Let each
take his portion from it: let sinners read it and tremble; and
let saints read it and triumph. The Anger of the Lord is
contrasted with his Goodness to his people. Perhaps they are
obscure and little regarded in the world, but the Lord knows
them. The Scripture character of Jehovah agrees not with the
views of proud reasoners. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ is slow to wrath and ready to forgive, but he will By No
means acquit the wicked; and there is Tribulation and anguish
for every soul that doeth evil: but who duly regards the power
of his wrath?

9-15 There is a great Deal plotted against the Lord By the
gates of Hell, and against his kingdom in the world; but it will
prove in vain. With some sinners God makes quick despatch; and
one way or other, he will make an utter End of all his enemies.
Though they are quiet, and many very secure, and not in fear,
they shall be cut down as Grass and Corn, when the destroying
Angel passes through. God would hereby work great deliverance
for his own people. But those who make themselves vile By
scandalous sins, God will make vile By shameful punishments. The
tidings of this great deliverance shall be welcomed with
abundant joy. These words are applied to the great Redemption
wrought out By our Lord Jesus and the Everlasting Gospel, Ro
10:15. Christ's ministers are messengers of good tidings, that
preach peace By Jesus Christ. How welcome to those who see their
misery and danger By Sin! And the promise they made in the Day
of trouble must be made good. Let us be thankful for God's
ordinances, and gladly attend them. Let us look forward with
cheerful Hope to a world where the wicked never can enter, and
Sin and Temptation will No more be known.

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