Nahum prophesies against Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, about 100 years after Jonah had seen the city repent and turn from their sin, and in about 50 years after the prophecies the city was destroyed. As Nahum 1:3 says, “The LORD is slow to anger” but, “will not at all acquit the wicked.” The LORD was glad to relent of the disaster planed for them when they repented, but they had quickly gone back to their old ways. Nineveh had gone back to its idolatry and sorcery; Nahum 3:1 says it was a “bloody city” and goes on to say, “It is all full of lies and robbery. Its victim never departs.” The last verse of the book lets us know that everyone who hears the news of its destruction would be happy because their wickedness (violence) had affected every nation.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan