Nahum 2: The Destruction of Ninevah


(13 verses, 3:00 to read)

What I am about to READ

The Lord foretells the destruction of Ninevah and the whole Assyrian empire.


  • Ninevah is personified as the Lord addresses her in the opening verses of chapter 2.  The Lord speaks to Ninevah and foretells her destruction in the rest of the chapter.
  • Vs. 3 – the shields and clothing of her mighty men are red from the blood of battle.
  • Vs. 4-5 – These verses suggest the chaos of battle as officers, chariots, and soldiers dart to and fro in panic.
  • Vs. 6 “The river gates are opened; the palace melts away”  One of the strategies of siege warfare is to dam a river that flows through a city, cutting off their water supply.  At an appropriate time the dam is broken, flooding the city.  Here in vs. 6 “the palace melts away” from the flood waters released upon it.  Later in verse 8 the city is “like a pool whose waters run away.”
  • Vs 11-12  Ninevah thought herself a lion who could devour anything and everything. Now the Lord with his army has destroyed their mighty city.  The prophet taunts Ninevah in these verses by asking “Where is the lion’s den…?”

The Lord destroyed Ninevah and the Assyrian Empire through an alliance of the Babylonians and the Medes in 612 BC.  Assyria would no longer be a threat to Judah and Israel as the Lord had foretold though Nahum.


Lord God, you made peace for your ancient people by throwing down their enemies in battle.  Through our Lord Jesus, you have thrown down the devil and death that they would no longer stand against us.  Grant that we would stand firm against them and rely on your free grace always. Amen.


Pr. Ross


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