Nahum praises Yahweh’s might and describes how he destroys his enemies.
Yahweh is a forceful deity: “He travels in whirlwind and storm, and clouds are the dust on His feet!” (v. 3)
III. Select Verses
1: A pronouncement on Nineveh: The Book of the Prophecy of Nahum the Elkoshite.
2: The LORD is a passionate, avenging God; The LORD is vengeful and fierce in wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on His enemies, He rages against His foes.
5: The mountains quake because of Him, And the hills melt. The earth heaves before Him, The world and all that dwell therein.
7-8: The LORD is good to [those who hope in Him], A haven on a day of distress; He is mindful of those who seek refuge in Him. And with a sweeping flood He makes an end of her place, And chases His enemies into darkness.
2-3a. Yahweh is vengeful
3b-5. Yahweh is fearsome in nature
6. Yahweh is unstoppable
7. Yahweh protects his followers
8. Yahweh punishes his enemies
9-11. Opposing Yahweh is futile
12-13. Oracle: the oppressors will be overthrown
14. Yahweh will destroy the enemy
As Kevin J. Cathcart notes, little is known about the prophet Nahum: “The superscription of the book reads: ‘An Oracle concerning Nineveh. The Book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.’ Outside the Bible, Nahum (comfort) is a well-attested NW Semitic name. However, nothing is known about the prophet Nahum, and even the place of his origin, Elkosh, has not been identified. Jerome proposed “Elcesaei,” a village in Galilee; Pseudo-Epiphanius placed it in Judea; and there have been several attempts by modern scholars to locate the site of the ancient town.” (Anchor Bible Dictionary IV:988)
VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
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