From a pool of water to emptiness

Old Testament: Nah 2.8–10

To read the Bible in a year, read Nahum on December 22, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl 

Nineveh, the capitol of one of the great empires of the ancient world, was full of treasure, like a pool of water that supplied everything anyone needed. However, once the city became entrenched in sin, the Lord had to empty the city…permanently: 

Though Nineveh of old was like a pool of water,
Now they flee away.
“Halt! Halt!” they cry;
But no one turns back.
Take spoil of silver!
Take spoil of gold!
There is no end of treasure,
Or wealth of every desirable prize.
She is empty, desolate, and waste!
The heart melts, and the knees shake;
Much pain is in every side,
And all their faces are drained of color.

– Nahum 2.8–10 

The Lord emptied the city, letting others come and take the riches and treasures of Assyria, leaving Nineveh desolate and waste. The hearts of Assyrians melted and their knees shook out of fear, draining their faces of color. 

May every nation on earth hear what happened to mighty Nineveh and Assyria, that though a nation for 2400 years, the Lord cleared everything out of it. 


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