Nahum 3:1–8 (NKJV)
3:1 Woe to the bloody city!
It is all full of lies and robbery.
Its victim never departs.
2 The noise of a whip
And the noise of rattling wheels,
Of galloping horses,
Of clattering chariots!
3 Horsemen charge with bright sword and glittering spear.
There is a multitude of slain,
A great number of bodies,
They stumble over the corpses—
The prophecy here speaks to the nature of the defeat that shall come upon Ninevah. In these first few verses, the Lord speaks of the military dominance that will be exacted against the city. Horsemen and chariots shall overrun the city and it shall be destroyed, with much death.
4 Because of the multitude of harlotries of the seductive harlot,
The mistress of sorceries,
Who sells nations through her harlotries,
And families through her sorceries.
5 “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.
6 I will cast abominable filth upon you,
Make you vile,
And make you a spectacle.
7 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?”
8 Are you better than No Amon
That was situated by the River,
That had the waters around her,
Whose rampart was the sea,
Whose wall was the sea?
The Lord then moves Nahum to speak allegorically about how the city will be shamed. Because Ninevah was an idolatrous nation, and oppressed other nations, she will be exposed, as if an idolatrous harlot would be exposed after military conquest. She will be seen as vile and filthy, a spectacle among respectable people. They will not have any allies. They are compared to No Amon (Thebes, aka Alexandria). This great Egyptian city was considered nearly invincible, but Assyria took it in its conquest of Egypt. Now, the tables are turned and Ninevah will be taken by its enemies.
Be sure that evil acts will be recompensed upon those who perform them. Aggression and oppression will be met with eventual return of them upon those by whom they were initiated. Don’t dish out what you cannot take. God will avenge those who are oppressed.