660BC – The Prophet Nahum

Nahum prophesied about the same time as Zephaniah, Jeremiah and Habakkuk. Nahum prophesied against Nineveh, the capital of Assyria. The prophet describes the cruelty of the Assyrians as they conquered nation after nation. They conquered the Kingdom of Israel as the northern half of Israel was called in 722BC. The Nahum predicts the end of the Kingdom of Assyria.

Background Reading:

Nahum’s Vision

1:1 A pronouncementa about Nineveh: The record of the vision of Nahumb from Elkosh.

The LORD’s Anger against Assyria

2 A jealous God, the LORD avenges.

The LORD avenges;

The Lord is an angry husband.

The LORD takes vengeance on his enemies,

reserving anger for his adversaries.

3 The LORD is slow to anger and powerful,

and he will never let the guiltyc go unpunished.

The LORD’s path is in the windstorm and hurricane;

thunderclouds are dust beneath his feet.

4 He rebukes the sea, and it evaporates;

he dries up all the rivers.

Bashan and Carmel wither,

while the flowers of Lebanon languish.

5 Mountains shake because of him,

and the hills melt.

The earth goes into upheaval at his presence,

as does the world with all of its inhabitants.

6 Who can stand before his fury?

And who can endure his fierce anger?

His displeasure pours out like fire,

and rocks are broken to pieces because of him.
Nahum 1:1-6

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