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Nahum

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OVERVIEW

Time: 620 BC.

Summary: As with Jonah, Nahum directs his pronouncements against Nineveh of Assyria. Whereas Jonah proclaimed a message of mercy and repentance, Nahum proclaimed an indictment of doom upon the capital of Assyria. They who were once used as God's tool against the people of Israel and Jerusalem, would now be destroyed because of their great wickedness.

Key verses: "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into darkness" (Nah 1:7,8).

Outline

  1. Nineveh's doom declared: Nah 1:1–15
  1. Character of Nineveh's judge: Nah 1:1–8
  2. Declaration of Nineveh's doom: Nah 1:9–11
  3. Comfort to Nineveh's oppressed: Nah 1:12–15
  1. Nineveh's doom described: Nah 2:1–13
  1. City besieged: Nah 2:1–5
  2. City overwhelmed: Nah 2:6–10
  3. City made desolate: Nah 2:11–13
  1. Nineveh's doom deserved: Nah 3:1–19
  1. Cause of the overthrow: Nah 3:1–4
  2. Lesson of the overthrow: Nah 3:5–13
  3. Certainty of the overthrow: Nah 3:14–19
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