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Bible Commentaries

Chuck Smith Bible Commentary

Nahum 2

Verses 1-13

Chapter 2

Now he is describing the siege of Assyria by the Babylonian and Mede confederacy, referring to these men as those that dash in pieces.

He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition [your fortress], watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily. For the Lord hath turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches. The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet ( Nahum 2:1-3 ):

This is describing, now, the Babylonian Mede army, and there are some people who say that the Bible predicts the automobile age, and they use these scriptures as such. But that's sort of a far-flung, you know, I don't go along with that, but it's interesting. He says,

the chariots shall be with flaming torches [The headlights of the cars] in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken. The chariots shall rage in the streets, [That is the modern freeways] they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings ( Nahum 1:3-4 ).

Now, you have to admit that it's a pretty good description of the automobile, but surely that was not the intention of the prophet. But he was talking about the chariots of the Babylonians and of the Medes that would be going through the streets of Nineveh and bringing destruction to Nineveh.

He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defense shall be prepared. The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved ( Nahum 2:5-6 ).

Now another fascinating prophecy, for as you read the historic account, though they were besieging the walls of Nineveh, yet they were unable to penetrate. But there came a tremendous storm, several inches of rain fell in a short period of time. The Tigress River that flowed through the city of Nineveh came into flood stage, and the flooding of the Tigress River undermined the foundations of the walls, and a great portion of the walls of Nineveh were destroyed by the flooded Tigress River. And before they could rebuild the walls, of course, the flood receded; the armies came through the breach made in the walls made by the floods. There again, "The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved."

The foundations were dissolved. Of course, the king went into his treasuries with all of the wealth and all of his kingdom, and he torched himself and his treasury. But of course, they just took the melted gold and silver then from it.

And Huzzab [means "and that which is determined," or "that which is destined"] shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon [as they are smiting on] their breasts. But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, they shall cry; but none shall look back ( Nahum 2:7-8 ).

A panic will take hold; the people will begin to run, and the others will call, "Come on stand, stand!" But panic will have overtaken them, and they will flee. And of course, you read the historic record and you find that's what happened.

Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store [Tremendous wealth was gained by the Babylonians and the Medes in the conquest of Nineveh] and glory out of all of the pleasant furniture. She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and [there is] much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness. Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid? ["Where is that city of Nineveh that was like a lion conquering all?"] The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin. Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard ( Nahum 2:9-13 ).

Rabakshak and those other messengers cut off forever. "

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Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Nahum 2". "Chuck Smith Bible Commentary". 2014.