Nahum 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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