Assyria was cruel, and it was also greedy. Often Assyria conquered nations solely to plunder them. The Prophet Nahum likens Assyria to a prostitute, for it thought only of money and pleasure and gave no thought to morality.
The fall of the great city of Nineveh, in Assyria, should be a lesson to private persons, who increase wealth through fraud and oppression. (Nahum 3:1-7)
Re: Nahum 3 vs. 19
Nahum ended his prophecy with a view of the righteous and their triumph over the unrighteous. This is something that the people of God need to be repeatedly reminded of because it often goes against present appearances.
Because the city of Nineveh was so well known, even renowned, for its violence and cruelty, it is no wonder that Nahum sees the nations applauding when the city is judged and destroyed.
In Psalm 73, Asaph dealt with this same problem. It seemed to him that the wicked constantly prospered and lived at ease. It troubled him so much that he doubted his own walk with God, “Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end. Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.” (Psalm 73:17-19)
For Nahum, Asaph, and for us today, we take comfort in knowing that the judgments of the LORD are faithful and true.
There is no healing of the bruise made by the fatal blow given to the empire with the taking of Nineveh. The ruin of it was irreparable and irrecoverable. The city of Nineveh was no more, and the Assyrian empire sunk, and never rose again.
Or, verse 19 could be translated, “there is no contraction of thy bruise” as when a wound is healed, or near it, the skin round about is wrinkled and contracted. And Nahum says, “There is none that grieves at thy breach.”
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Nahum 3:19 – There is no relief for your breakdown, your wound is incurable. All who hear about you will clap their hands over you, for on whom has not your evil passed continually? (NASB)
Nahum records the destruction of the Assyrian empire and demonstrates how God will confront and bring down all violent human empires. This is about God’s commitment to justice, which is as true today as it was in the time of Nahum.
God’s judgment cannot be avoided, both for the good and the bad things we do.
And Nahum says, “there is none that grieves at thy breach.”
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