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Commentary on Nahum

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1, 2–8 :

A poem written in the style of the alphabetic psalms; cf Pss 9A; 25; 111; 119 . Here, however, most of the verses beginning with the letters of the second half of the alphabet are not preserved.

1, 2 :

A jealous … God: see note on Ex 20, 5 .

1, 4 :

Bashan, Carmel and Lebanon were famous for their forests.

1, 6f :

The coming of God in judgment has two aspects: to those who oppose him it will be unbearable; to those who have recourse to him it will bring strength and consolation.

1, 9 :

What are you imputing to the Lord?: the people of Judah are asked what they think God has in mind.

1, 12f :

They: the enemies of Judah. You: Judah. His yoke: the dominion of the Assyrian king over Judah.

1, 11 :

From you … the scoundrel planner: addressed to Nineveh, the capital city of Sennacherib, king of Assyria, who besieged Jerusalem c. 700 B.C.

1, 14 :

You: the king of Assyria.

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