12 Therefore when the Lord has completed all His work [of chastisement and purification to be executed] on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, it shall be that He will inflict punishment on the fruit [the thoughts, words, and deeds] of the stout and arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the haughtiness of his pride.
1 The burden or oracle (the thing to be lifted up) concerning [a]Nineveh [the capital of Assyria]. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.
Nahum 1:1Under the preaching of Jonah, the king of Nineveh and all its people repented (Jonah 3:5). They must not only have heard his startling testimony of the terrible suffering which running away from obedience to God had cost him, but they must have been terrified at the evidence of the truth of his near-death experience in the belly of the great fish. So the whole city turned to God. But when Nahum came to Nineveh some 150 years later, all that was forgotten, and the later generations had become hopelessly godless. God’s wrath was not to be turned away this time. Jonah had been sent to preach, “Repent!” But Nahum’s one “burden (the thing to be lifted up)” is the message that Nineveh is to be destroyed—utterly.
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