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Minor Prophets


Nahum’s name means “Compassionate” or “Full of comfort” or “Consolation” Nahum prophesied after the fall of Hebes (663 B.C.) and before the fall of Nineveh (612 B.C.), the subject of his prophecy. The likely period is considered to be around 650 to 630 B.C. Nahum is considered a sequel to Jonah as Nineveh’s repentance was short-lived and judgement is now forthcoming.

God is slow to anger

[Nah 1] God will avenge His adversaries, but show kindness to those who trust in Him. The destruction of Nineveh is prophesied and Judah is urged to keep her solemn feasts and vows.

The besiege of Nineveh

[Nah 2] An account of the besiege of Nineveh is given.

Nineveh’s destruction

[Nah 3] Nineveh’s great sin is identified. Her destruction will be similar to that inflicted on No-Amon (Thebes) in Egypt. Nineveh’s ruin will be final, and the nations she oppressed will be joyful.
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