Nahum 3 – “An Oracle Against Nineveh”

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I. Summary

Yahweh lists the sins of Nineveh and promises to destroy the city.

II. Photo

Yahweh warns Nineveh: “All your forts are fig trees with ripe fruit; If shaken they will fall unto the mouths of devourers!” (v. 12)

III. Select Verses

1:  Ah, city of crime, Utterly treacherous, Full of violence, Where killing never stops!

3: Charging horsemen, Flashing swords, And glittering spears! Hosts of slain And heaps of corpses, Dead bodies without number — They stumble over bodies.

4-5: Because of the countless harlotries of the harlot, The winsome mistress of sorcery, Who ensnared nations with her harlotries And peoples with her sorcery, I am going to deal with you — declares the LORD of Hosts. I will lift up your skirts over your face And display your nakedness to the nations And your shame to kingdoms.

7: All who see you will recoil from you And will say, “Nineveh has been ravaged!” Who will console her? Where shall I look for Anyone to comfort you?

12: All your forts are fig trees With ripe fruit; If shaken they will fall Into the mouths of devourers.

13: Truly, the troops within you are women; The gates of your land have opened themselves To your enemies; Fire has consumed your gate bars.

19: There is no healing for your injury; Your wound is grievous. All who hear the news about you Clap their hands over you. For who has not suffered From your constant malice?

IV. Outline

1-4. Nineveh’s sins

    1-3. Warriors and death

    4a. Fornication

    4b. Sorcery

5-7. God will shame Nineveh

8-10. Even Thebes was exiled

11-15. Impending doom

16-18. Scattering of the masses

19a. A wound that has no healing

19b. All peoples rejoice

V. Comment

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