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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Nahum 2:1-10

Here is, I. An alarm of war sent to Nineveh, Nah. 2:1. The prophet speaks of it as just at hand, for it is neither doubtful nor far distant: ?Look about thee, and see, he that dashes in pieces has come up before thy face. Nebuchadnezzar, who is noted, and will be yet more so, for dashing nations in pieces, begins with thee, and will dissipate and disperse thee;? so some render the word. Babylon is called the hammer of the whole earth, Jer. 50:23. The attempt of Nebuchadnezzar upon Nineveh is... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Nahum 2:2

For the Lord hath turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel ,.... Or, "will render" a recompence for, or "revenge the pride of Jacob" F5 כי שב יהוה את גאון יעקב "ulciscitur enim Jehova adhibitam in Jacobaeos superbiam", Castalio; "reponit Deus Assyrio illam superbiam quam ipse in Jacobo et Israele exercuit", Grotius; "quia reddidit superbiam", &c.; Tirinus. ; all that insolence, and those injuries done in a proud and haughty manner by Sennacherib... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Nahum 2:2

For the Lord hath turned away - Bishop Newcome reads, for the Lord restoreth, by a slight alteration in the text. I do not see that we gain much by this. The Lord has been opposed to Jacob, and the enemy has prevailed against him. Emptied them out - Brought them from their own land into captivity. This was the emptying! read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Nahum 2:2

Verse 2 What is now subjoined has been added, in my view, in reference to what had already taken place, that is that God had taken away the pride of Jacob, as the pride of Israel Some give this rendering, “God has made to returns or to rest;” and they take גאון, gaun, in a good sense, as meaning courage or glory. The sense, according to these, would be, — that God, having routed the army of Sennacherib, or destroyed the Assyrians, would make the ancient glory of his people to return; for both... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Nahum 2:1-2

God the Vindicator of the oppressed. I. THE OPPRESSION OF THE CHOSEN PEOPLE BY THE ASSYRIANS . 1 . This is expressed figuratively. "The emptiers have emptied them out" ( Nahum 2:2 ), had exhausted their resources, as the contents of a vessel poured out until every drain had been withdrawn, so had both Israel and Judah been impoverished by the Assyrians, "And marred their vine branches." Ancient Israel was often described as God's vineyard ( Isaiah 5:1 ; Psalms... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Nahum 2:1-8

§ 1. Nineveh shall be besieged, because God is about to exalt his people by taking vengeance on the enemy, whose defence, howsoever formidable, is of no avail. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Nahum 2:1-10

A predicted invasion. I. THE ENEMY DESCRIBED . 1 . His violence. Nahum calls him "a dasher in pieces" (verse 1), and represents his warriors as "mighty" and "valiant" (verse 3)—epithets which apply with fitness and force to the Merdo-Babylonian army under Cyaxares and Nabopolassar. 2 . His boldness. He comes up against Nineveh, not stealthily and under cover of darkness, but openly, pitching his tent opposite the city gates. His fearless attitude was a proof that God was... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Nahum 2:1-13


Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Nahum 2:2

This ruin shall fall on Nineveh because God is mindful of his chosen people, whom Assyria has oppressed. Hath turned away. It should be rendered, returneth to, or restoreth, bringeth back; reddidit (Vulgate); Isaiah 52:8 ; Hosea 6:11 . The excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel. The Lord restores the glory and honour of Jacob, the nation in its political aspect, and the high privileges of the spiritual Israel, the chosen people of God (comp. Obadiah 1:18 ). For .... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Nahum 2:2

For the Lord hath turned away - (rather restoreth) the excellency of Jacob Speaking of what should come, as already come. For Nineveh falls, because God restores His people, whom it had oppressed. The restoration of God’s favor to His Church is the season of His punishment of their enemies; as, again, His displeasure against her enemies is a token of His favor to her. When Herod was smitten by God, “the word of God grew and multiplied” Acts 12:24. A long captivity was still before Judah, yet... read more

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