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Nahum Chapter 3

Nahum 3:1
3:1 Woe to the bloody city! it [is] all full of lies [and]
    robbery; {a} the prey departeth not;

    (a) It never ceases to spoil and rob.

Nahum 3:2
3:2 The noise of a whip, {b} and the noise of the rattling of
    the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping

    (b) He shows how the Chaldeans will hasten, and how
        courageous their horses will be in beating the ground
        when they come against the Assyrians.

Nahum 3:4
3:4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the
    wellfavoured {c} harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that
    selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through
    her witchcrafts.

    (c) He compares Nineveh to a harlot, who by her beauty and
        subtilty entices young men, and brings them to

Nahum 3:8
3:8 Art thou better than populous {d} No, that was situate among
    the rivers, [that had] the waters round about it, whose
    rampart [was] the sea, [and] her wall [was] from the sea?

    (d) Meaning Alexandria, which had a compact of peace with so
        many nations, and yet was now destroyed.

Nahum 3:15
3:15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee
     off, it shall eat thee up like the {e} cankerworm: make
     thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the

     (c) Signifying that God's judgments would suddenly destroy
         the Assyrians, as these vermin do with rain or change
         of weather.

Nahum 3:18
3:18 Thy {f} shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles
     shall dwell [in the dust]: thy people is scattered upon the
     mountains, and no man gathereth [them].

     (f) Your princes and counsellors.

Nahum 3:19
3:19 [There is] no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous:
     all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over
     thee: for upon {g} whom hath not thy wickedness passed

     (g) Meaning that the Assyrians had done hurt to all people.

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