Nineveh's destruction foretold. (1-10) The true cause, their
sinning against God, and his appearing against them. (11-13)
Nineveh shall not put aside this judgment; there is no
counsel or strength against the Lord. God looks upon proud
cities, and brings them down. Particular account is given of the
terrors wherein the invading enemy shall appear against Nineveh.
The empire of Assyria is represented as a queen, about to be led
captive to Babylon. Guilt in the conscience fills men with
terror in an evil day; and what will treasures or glory do for
us in times of distress, or in the day of wrath? Yet for such
things how many lose their souls!
The kings of Assyria had long been terrible and cruel to
their neighbours, but the Lord would destroy their power. Many
plead as an excuse for rapine and fraud, that they have families
to provide for; but what is thus obtained will never do them any
good. Those that fear the Lord, and get honestly what they have,
shall not want for themselves and theirs. It is just with God to
deprive those of children, or of comfort in them, who take
sinful courses to enrich them. Those are not worthy to be heard
again, that have spoken reproachfully of God. Let us then come
to God upon his mercy-seat, that having peace with him through
our Lord Jesus Christ, we may know that he is for us, and that
all things shall work together for our everlasting good.