Nineveh will be Made Naked
"Behold, I am against you," says the LORD of hosts; "I will lift your skirts over your face, I will show the nations your nakedness, And the kingdoms your shame. I will cast abominable filth upon you, Make you vile, And make you a spectacle. It shall come to pass that all who look upon you Will flee from you, and say, 'Nineveh is laid waste! Who will bemoan her?' Where shall I seek comforters for you?" Nahum 3:5-7
COMMENTARY - NAHUM 3:5-7
5. I will discover thy skirts upon thy face--that is, discover thy nakedness by throwing up thy skirts upon thy face (the greatest possible insult), pulling them up as as high as thy head (Jer 13:22; Eze 16:37-41). I will treat thee not as a matron, but as a harlot whose shame is exposed; her gaudy finery being lifted up off her (Isa 47:2, 3). So Nineveh shall be stripped of all her glory and defenses on which she prides herself.
6. cast abominable filth upon thee--as infamous harlots used to be treated.
gazing stock--exposed to public ignominy as a warning to others (Eze 28:17).
7. all . . . that look upon thee--when thou hast been made "a gazing stock" (Na 3:6).
flee from thee--as a thing horrible to look upon. Compare "standing afar off," Re 18:10.
whence shall I seek comforters for thee?--Compare Isa 51:19, which Nahum had before his mind. JFB
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