The Lord told Nineveh to prepare for battle

Nahum Bible Background

12.22.2016 – Old Testament: Nah 2.1–2

To read the Bible in a year, read Nahum on December 22, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Nineveh had been around for 2400 years, but the city’s time to end had come because of their relentless sin and their harm toward other nations. The Lord would send an army against them, and although Nineveh would lose, He still gave them military orders to prepare for battle,

He who scatters has come up before your face.
Man the fort!
Watch the road!
Strengthen your flanks!
Fortify your power mightily.
For the LORD will restore the excellence of Jacob
Like the excellence of Israel,
For the emptiers have emptied them out
And ruined their vine branches.
(Nahum 2.1–2) 

Not only would the Lord God Almighty bring down and bury Nineveh, but He would restore Israel to her former self. Sometimes the Lord allows an enemy to attack His people, because they need correction, but then He carries out vengeance against the oppressor, since they also have grievous sin.


  • Did you know that Assyria and its capital Nineveh had been around for 2400 years?
  • Is there any nation on Earth today too great to fall?

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