Nahum 1:4
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4  He rebukes the sea and dries it up, And He makes all rivers fail; Bashan and Carmel languish, And the blossoms of Lebanon wither.

go-AYR ba-YAM va-ya-b’-SHAY-hu v’-khol ha-n’-ha-ROT he-khe-REEV um-LAL ba-SHAN v’-khar-MEL u-FE-rakh l’-va-NON um-LAL

ד  גּוֹעֵר בַּיָּם וַיַּבְּשֵׁהוּ וְכָל־הַנְּהָרוֹת הֶחֱרִיב אֻמְלַל בָּשָׁן וְכַרְמֶל וּפֶרַח לְבָנוֹן אֻמְלָל׃

1:4  Bashan and Carmel languish

Cows grazing in the Golan Heights, part of biblical Bashan

Nachum begins his prophecy by addressing Nineveh, the capital of Assyria. He depicts Hashem’s control over nature, and indicates that just as He rules over nature, He also rules over humanity and will punish Israel’s enemies. In this verse, Nachum first describes how Hashem dries up the seas and the rivers, a reference to the miracles of the splitting of the Sea of Reeds (Exodus 15) and the crossing of the Yarden river (Joshua 3). He then says that Bashan, Carmel, and Lebanon, three of the most luxuriant areas of the Holy Land, thought to be immune to drought, will dry up before Hashem’s presence. Biblical Bashan was located on the east side of the Jordan river in modern day Syria and the Israeli Golan Heights. It was captured by the Israelites from Og, king of Bashan, who came out against them as they prepared to enter the Land of Israel (Numbers 21:33-35), and given as part of the inheritance of half the tribe of Menashe (Joshua 13:29-31). The land of Bashan is known in the Bible for its rich pastures (Jeremiah 50:19), oak forests (Isaiah 2:13) and majestic mountains (Psalms 68:16).

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  • SueJean Heinz

    “3 The LORD is long-suffering and great in power and will by no means clear the guilty;”

    This verse stands out to me as I stand with the Psalmist in crying out, “How long, O Lord” and yet, I know that I’m far short of His standards of righteousness and I stand guilty before Him.
    As we watch the present day destruction of Syria, it’s clear that they’re not languishing. It’s far more like His wrath has been poured out on them as they’re overrun with terrorists and madmen.
    Baruch Hashem.

Nahum 1:4

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