Nahum (whose names means "comfort") proclaimed God's message of comfort to the Jews. He proclaimed that Judah need not fear the Assyrians. God would protect His people.

The people of Nineveh, after 120 years, had long forgotten the message of Jonah and their earlier repentance. They had attacked and spoiled Israel and now they threatened Judah. Nahum prophesied that Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, would be overthrown.

Nineveh was the "lion's den" - the centre of the cruel empire of Assyria. The armies of Babylon were to be used by God to overthrow the Assyrians.

Nineveh was captured by the Babylonians in 612 BC and finally destroyed by the Medes and Persians later. Its ruins were only rediscovered in the 19th century.

God's words about Himself (Ch.1) were shown to be right. He is in control of the nations. He will not allow violence and cruelty to go on unchecked for ever. He will bring peace to His people (1:15). The Lord is good (1:7).


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