NAHUM TOTAL CHAPTERS: 3
NAHUM TOTAL VERSES: 47
TOTAL WORDS: 1,285
DATE WRITTEN: 663 – 612BC
God of Wrath: Prediction of the downfall of Assyria and Fall Of Nineveh.
God, Nahum, City and People of Nineveh.
BOOK OF NAHUM KEY VERSES:
1:7: The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.
1:14: The LORD has given a command concerning you, Nineveh: ‘You will have no descendants to bear your name.
1:15: Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace!
2:13: Behold I am against you,’ says the Lord of hosts.
3:19: Nothing can heal your wound; your injury is fatal. Everyone who hears the news about you claps his hands at your fall, for who has not felt your endless cruelty?
Book of Nahum was written for the decline of Assyria sometime between 660-620 B.C, merely before their downfall at the hands of the Babylonians and almost 150 years after the events in the book of Jonah. Nineveh had turned from its repentant attitude shown during times of Jonah and had taken the northern kingdom of Israel into captivity. At the time Nahum preached, it was the capital of the Assyrian Empire, the world power of the day. The city was unequaled in size of all the ancient cities. Nahum urged them for repentance and about coming judgment but the Ninevites did not pay heed on Nahum’s warning. Nahum predicted that Nineveh would be destroyed entirely as in chapter 3:19. This is perhaps the most significant prophecy and not only was Nineveh destroyed but it happened relatively quickly, after a three-month siege, it was demolished and never rebuilt. It was so completely wiped out that it became forgotten for the memory of humans.
CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY:
Chapter#1: The sovereignty of God in goodness to his people, and severity against his foes. Ninevah Will Be Judged. The Assyrian King’s Demise. The LORD said “I will break his yoke from you.”
Chapter#2: The Judgment is Executed. The fearful and victorious armies of God against Nineveh. Nineveh’s Treasures Will Be Taken. Lord said “I am against you”
Chapter#3: Further Reasons. The miserable ruin of Nineveh. Harlot Nineveh Will Get What She Deserves. Reasons for Nineveh’s judgment. Lord said “The nations will look at your shame”