Nahum 3* The sins and judgments of Nineveh. (1-7) Its utterdestruction. (8-19)1-7 When proud sinners are brought down, others should learnnot to lift themselves up. The fall of this great city should bea lesson to private persons, who increase wealth by fraud andoppression. They are preparing enemies for themselves; and ifthe Lord sees good to punish them in this world, they will havenone to pity them. Every man who seeks his own prosperity,safety, and peace, should not only act in an upright, honourablemanner, but with kindness to all. 8-19 Strong-holds, even the strongest, are no defence againstthe judgments of God. They shall be unable to do any thing forthemselves. The Chaldeans and Medes would devour the land likecanker-worms. The Assyrians also would be eaten up by their ownnumerous hired troops, which seem to be meant by the wordrendered "merchants." Those that have done evil to theirneighbours, will find it come home to them. Nineveh, and manyother cities, states, and empires, have been ruined, and shouldbe a warning to us. Are we better, except as there are some trueChristians amongst us, who are a greater security, and astronger defence, than all the advantages of situation orstrength? When the Lord shows himself against a people, everything they trust in must fail, or prove a disadvantage; but hecontinues good to Israel. He is a strong-hold for every believerin time of trouble, that cannot be stormed or taken; and heknoweth those that trust in Him.
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