Draw water for the siege;
strengthen your forts;
go into the clay;
tread the mortar;
take hold of the brick mold!
There will the fire devour you;
the sword will cut you off.
It will devour you like the locust.
Multiply yourselves like the locust;
multiply like the grasshopper!
You increased your merchants
more than the stars of the heavens.
The locust spreads its wings and flies away.
Your princes are like grasshoppers,
your scribes like clouds of locusts
settling on the fences
in a day of cold—
when the sun rises, they fly away;
no one knows where they are.
Your shepherds are asleep,
O king of Assyria;
your nobles slumber.
Your people are scattered on the mountains
with none to gather them.
There is no easing your hurt;
your wound is grievous.
All who hear the news about you
clap their hands over you.
For upon whom has not come
your unceasing evil?
Comment: What a tragic picture! They are told to get ready but it will be useless. The people of Nineveh have made themselves rich by evil means, so that the merchants and authorities were as many as a hoard of grasshoppers. They are to be destroyed as the swarm of locusts dies in the desert. They are called upon to wake up, get ready, they are under certain judgement. And the surrounding nations are delighted because they were so unceasingly evil. They are challenged to consider what God has done in the past to other nations. I think that often we fail to see God in the background of human history. Nahum is reminding them that God has been involved in the affairs of Egypt, Cush and Put. He is able to do what His prophets have and do proclaim!
Prayer: Are You still a Judging God, O Father? Thank You for Your great Love and Patience, but help me not to throw back at You the Grace which You have offered in Your Son.