Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Nahum 1.9-2.2: Alternating Judgment and Salvation

I'm currently preaching through the book of Nahum.  The section of 1.9-2.2 can be confusing at a first read since the writer alternates between judgment for Nineveh and salvation for Judah.  Some translations (i.e., NIV) insert the words "Nineveh" and "Judah" to help but these words do not have any basis in the underlying Hebrew text.  In order to facilitate quick understanding and to enable my hearers to follow the sermon I printed up the following which color-codes the text for easy reference.

Nahum 1.9-2.2 (NASB)

(red = judgment against Nineveh; green = salvation for Judah)

1.9Whatever you devise against the Lord, he will make a complete end of it.  Distress will not rise up twice.
10Like tangled thorns, and like those who are drunken with their drink, they are consumed as stubble completely withered.
11From you has gone forth one who plotted evil against the Lord, a wicked counselor.

12Thus says the Lord, “Though they are at full strength and likewise many, even so, they will be cut off and pass away.  Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no longer.
13So now, I will break his yoke bar from upon you, and I will tear off your shackles.”

14The Lord has issued a command concerning you: “Your name will no longer be perpetuated.  I will cut off idol and image from the house of your gods.  I will prepare your grave, for you are contemptible.”

15Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace!  Celebrate your feasts, O Judah; pay your vows.  For never again will the wicked one pass through you; he is cut off completely.

2.1The one who scatters has come up against you.  Man the fortress, watch the road; strengthen your back, summon all your strength.

2For the Lord will restore the splendor of Jacob like the splendor of Israel, even though devastators have devastated them and destroyed their vine branches.