Nahum: Week 4
The End of Nineveh
Here begins a summary of why God is judging Nineveh.
"heaps of slain" - what Assyria was famous for.
"seductive mistress" - Hosea 7:11
"who will grieve for [Assyria]?" - a rhetorical question, they are hated
by all nations.
The image to the right from the palace of Ashurbanipal shows the
capives being led away from No Amon (Thebes).
"infants dashed to pieces" - more Assyrian terror.
"You too will be drunk" - foreshadowing the fall of Babylon. Assyria
will be made to taste their own medicine.
"you will seek refuge" - or "strength". I.e. they will try to bolster
their courage with alcohol. It doesn't work out well.
"like ripe figs" - all the cities defenses will fall at once.
"the young locust strips the land" - Assyria's wealth had become parasitic,
and stripping the rest of the Western world bare.
"when the sun rises, they fly away" - now the merchants (the upper
class) escape, like rich Nazis fleeing Germany to all parts of the world.
Adad Guppi - the
Assyrian princess who
assassinates the heirs of Nebuchadnezzar.
"All will applaud your downfall, for who has not experienced your
endless cruelty?" The motivation of the coalition to destroy Assyria.