Reading Through the Bible - NAHUM

Some Books of the bible are very short and some are very long but this one is one of the shortest.


34th book of the OT 
34th book of the Bible

It starts with the Greatness of God 

and continues with the Goodness of God.

It is always good to be reminded of the attributes of God. 

What is it?

The Book of Nahum is one of the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament which means it is Prophecy.

How Long is it?

It has 3 chapters.

When was it Written?

It is generally thought to have been written in 650 BC

Who Wrote it?


The second part of the very first verse tells us who Nahum was

"The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite."

Presumably this word "Elkoshite" refers to his birthplace or homeplace. 

Bible Gateway tells us the following

"It prob. refers to a place, but if so, the place is unknown."

Who was it about?

It was written about the people of Ninevah as we see in
 chapter 2 verse 8:

 "Though Nineveh of old was like a pool of water,
Now they flee away."

Why was it Written? 

It was written to tell of God's judgement on Ninevah the capital of Assyria.  
The same city that Jonah had been sent to and the people repented but later they had gone back to their old ways. 

The Overview Bible  tells us the following

"Nahum foretells of God’s judgment on Nineveh, the capital of Assyria."

which is stated in the first part of the first verse 

Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

"... almost exclusively focuses on God's pending judgement against Ninevah .....the nation that had invaded and destroyed the Northern Kingdom of Israel nearly a hundred years earlier."

What structure does this book take?

The Overview Bible  gives us a quick outline

  1. The Lord: Nineveh’s vengeful enemy (Nah 1)
  2. The siege of Nineveh (Nah 2)
  3. The inevitable judgment of God (Nah 3)

What is important to take away from this book?

The view of the nature of God in chapter 1 v 3

What other books of the Bible have something in common to Nahum?

  • Jonah also prophesied about Nineveh
  • Obadiah was also written to a foreign country

How does it end?

With a direct warning to the King of Assyria in chapter 3 v 18

 "Your shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria;
Your nobles rest in the dust.
Your people are scattered on the mountains,
And no one gathers them."

1 comment:

  1. I love the minor prophets. They are always so intriguing to me because they are hardly ever mentioned from the pulpit.