The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleNahum 2:8
But Nineveh [is] of old like a pool of water…
a very ancient city, built by Nimrod, as some say; or rather by Ashur,
as appears from (Genesis 10:10,11) and it was like fish pool, full of
people, as it was in the times of Jonah, who for their number may be
compared both to water and to fish; and likewise full of wealth and
riches, which for their instability may be signified by water also; and
moreover, like a pool of standing water, had never been liable to any
commotions and disturbances, but had remained from the beginning in a
tranquil and prosperous state; besides, some regard may be had in a
literal sense to its situation, being watered by the river Tigris, and
which was for its profit and defence: so some copies of the Septuagint
read the words,
``Nineveh is like a pool of water, the waters are her walls:''
and the Syriac version is,
``Nineveh is as a lake of water, and is among the waters;''
see (Nahum 1:6) :
yet they shall flee away;
the waters out of the pool, the sluices
being opened, or the banks broken down; or the people out of the city,
breaches being made in its walls, or its gates opened, and the enemy
entering; when everyone would flee for his life, and make his escape
in the best manner he could:
stand, stand, [shall they cry];
either the generals and officers of
the king of Assyria's army, to the soldiers running away; or the more
courageous inhabitants of the city, to those that were timorous and
seized with a panic, fleeing in the utmost consternation; or the enemy,
as Kimchi, who shall call to them to stop, promising to spare their
lives upon a surrender of them to them:
but none shall look back;
and stand to hear what is said unto them,
but make the best of their way, and flee with all their might and main.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Nahum 2:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=na&chapter=002&verse=008>. 1999.