Micah 7, Nahum 1-2
Micah Chapter 7
Like most of the other Prophets, the book of Micah describes much wrath and tribulation upon those who turn away from The Lord. But, also like most of the other prophets, Micah offers the hope of forgiveness for those who genuinely and wholeheartedly turn from their wrong way, to The Lord's right way: "7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity [see Your Pardon], and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea" (Micah 7:18-19 KJV). It speaks of a future time when all of humanity will gladly look to Zion (see Zionism) for compassion and forgiveness.
"7:1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul [see Where Is Your Soul?] desired the firstripe fruit. 7:2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net. 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up. 7:4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge [see Thorns]: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity. 7:5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. 7:6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD [see The Messiah]; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in Darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me [see Awaken To The Light]. 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him [see What Is Sin?], until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness. 7:10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.
7:11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.
7:12 In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain [see also Why Did They Face East?]. 7:13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.
7:14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage [see The Shepherd's Voice], which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
7:15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him marvellous things. 7:16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf. 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God [see The Coming World Dictator], and shall fear because of thee. 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. 7:20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old [see Christ The Creator and The 'God Of The Old Testament']" (Micah 7:1-20 KJV)
Nahum Chapter 1
Nahum, in Hebrew pronounced nawk-oom, was an "Elkoshite" from Galilee (interestingly, in the original Hebrew, his name is an element of Capernaum, the city in which Christ lived after He left Nazareth). After most of the people of The Northern Kingdom of Israel were conquered and taken into exile by the Assyrians (thereafter being known to history as "the lost ten tribes" - see The Galilee Captivity), Nahum resorted to Jerusalem where he witnessed the Assyrians threatening The Southern Kingdom of Judah as well.
The central theme of Nahum's prophesy was the fall of Nineveh, and the entire Assyrian empire (see Ancient Empires - Assyria) of which Nineveh was the capital city. As happened with nearly all capital cities of the inevitably malignant empires of human history, Nineveh had become nothing more than a "bloody city ... full of lies and robbery" (Nahum 3:1 KJV) that sent its death and destruction throughout numerous other nations. It was The Lord that put a stop to them, by having them overcome by the Babylonians, after The Lord Himself gave them a taste of their own medicine (see also The Day Sennacherib Challenged God).
"1:1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. 1:2 God is jealous [see also Why Is The Lord 'Jealous'?], and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. 1:4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. 1:5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that Trust in him. 1:8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies. 1:9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time. 1:10 For while they be folden together as Thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry. 1:11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.
1:12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.
1:13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.
1:14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave [see Sheol and Hades]; for thou art vile. 1:15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off." (Nahum 1:1-15 KJV)
Nahum Chapter 2
Israel and Judah were defended by The Lord as long as they remained faithful and obedient to Him. When they became as corrupt as the nations around them, The Lord allowed the nations around them to devour them, within an endless succession of big fish eventually being eaten by bigger fish i.e. Assyria was consumed by Babylon, which was consumed by Persia, which was consumed by Greece, which was consumed by Rome. It's a continuing cycle of history that will end only upon Christ's return (see the Fact Finder question below).
"2:1 He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily.
2:2 For the LORD hath turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel [see When Israel Became 'Israel' and 'Judah']: for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches. 2:3 The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken. 2:4 The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.
2:5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared. 2:6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved. 2:7 And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts.
2:8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back. 2:9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture. 2:10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.
2:11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid? 2:12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.
2:13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard." (Nahum 2:1-13 KJV)
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